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The blog page is where I will explore topics that are important to me as a copywriter – words, grammar, phrases, punctuation etc. They are things I notice every day in spoken and written English and I hope you find the topics I choose interesting and informative.

I notice things…

I can’t help noticing when someone says off, when they mean from. Likewise, when they say due to, when they mean owing to. Or when people shorten words, for example from beautifully to beautiful. In the same vein, when they make up words like flavourful, when they should say full of flavour. I suppose my interest in language, both written and spoken, stems from my curiosity about people and the world around us. My obsession with grammar goes back to a time when we learned grammar in school, not only in English, but in Latin, French and German as well! Although language is ever evolving and changing, I think that grammar still has a role to play, especially in corporate and marketing documents.

On the other hand, some blog posts may be about my life and topics that interest me for example, travel, reading, cooking and salsa (the dance, that is!) From time to time I may also recount incidents or experiences from real life that have made me laugh out loud. I hope these stores amuse you, too!

More homophones!

Judging by the response to my last blog about ‘there, their and they’re’, words that sound the same but have different meanings is a hot topic for everyone and well worth another blog post! So, here are some more homophones, starting with ‘to, too and…

Common errors in grammar (part 2)

In this blog post, the second highlighting common errors in grammar, I am going to address the regular misuse of ‘there, their and they’re’. The confusion here stems from these words being homophones (they sound the same, but have different meanings.) Therefore, I thought that…

Is Coronavirus changing us?

Is Coronavirus changing us? My tribulations seem insignificant when compared to our current situation, so I haven’t written a blog for awhile. Watching the news daily can prove to be distressing and depressing in equal measure. When the virus first came here, bulletins reflected selfish…

Common errors in grammar

My business (and passion!), is writing marketing copy. I think it is interesting to note a few common errors that crop up on a regular basis: Your and you’re Of and have I have touched upon a couple of examples in an earlier blog, (I…

Post-Christmas Blues!

Does anyone have a cure for the post-Christmas blues? Or, like me are you holiday-browsing? Madly running around filling your life with lots of new hobbies or tasks because you feel bereft? So much focus goes into preparing for Christmas, with days filled with activities…

New Year’s Resolutions?

I added the question mark after New Year’s Resolutions intentionally, because I am not convinced they work. Certainly not for me. I have found through past experience that I try to change too many areas of my life at once. Do you know what I…

My first blog post

Welcome to my first blog post. The blog is where I intend to explore topics that are important to me as a copywriter – words, grammar, phrases, punctuation etc. They are things I notice every day in spoken and written English. I hope you find…

Everyone Needs a Notepad

I believe everyone needs a notepad and pen sometimes. I still love using notepads, even in this technological age of wifi and soon-to-be 5G. We all have smart phones, tablets, laptops and/or desktop computers to help us in everyday life. But to me, there is…