Online Grammar and Spelling Quizzes: Are You Smarter Than an 11th Grader?

It’s back-to-school season, even for those of us who did not get a new lunchbox, science teacher, or dorm room this year. In honor of students everywhere, and in support of your ongoing efforts to refresh those writing skills, here are links to 20 online grammar and spelling quizzes. Try them all to see if you’ll make the grade.

Thirteen Overused and Abused Expressions I’d Like to Outlaw

I recently came across an article about 115 forbidden words and expressions compiled by Randy Michaels, CEO of the Tribune Co.  The company owns the Chicago radio station WGN, and Michaels forbid radio anchors and reporters from using these words.  Among forbidden words and expressions are some that make me cringe as well. 5 a.m. in […]

People-First Language: The Missing Page In Your Stylebook?

Today, I was an invited speaker at the National Association of Government Communicators’ annual Communications School conference in Bethesda, Maryland. Before my session, I attended a wonderful presentation: “A Market You Can’t Miss: People with Disabilities” by Juliette Rizzo (Director, Exhibits and Agency-wide Outreach, U.S. Department of Education) and Valerie Suber (Public Information Director, Georgia […]

Brutal Proofreading: Your Errors Read Aloud

The most fun response to my post Proofreading Tips for Finding Errors in Your Own Writing came from fellow writing instructor and consultant Rosemary Camilleri: “Your Mac users may not know it but they have a ‘Speech’ feature built into Mac OX 10.4, 10.5, and following. It’s called Text to Speech. Their computer will read […]

Need to hire a freelaner? I’ve got just the wirter for you.

We receive job queries from freelance writers all the time. Usually these queries are direct, clear, energetic, and graceful. They make me think “Wow. I want to hire this person for my next project.” But when I received this e-mail in my inbox yesterday, I was speechless. Subject: Info, I am freelane writer John […]