Tag Archives: grammar and usage

  • 15 Grammar Errors You Can Avoid Using an Infographic

    Proofreading your own writing can be difficult, and it’s always best to hire a professional, but here’s an infographic from Copyblogger that should give you a head start. Thank you, Copyblogger, for allowing fans to embed this infographic in our own blogs. Like this infographic? Get more content marketing tips from Copyblogger. If you like […]

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  • Why Editors Are Glad Election Day Is Over

    by Michelle Hutchinson Every four years, we vote for president. Every four years, we compare how long we have to wait on line to vote. Every four years, we see people mistake the word poles for polls, so with Election Day now behind us, I thought this would be a good time to review the […]

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  • Why Editors Don’t Like Receiving Complements

    by Michelle Hutchinson I like giving compliments. I really do. I wish I could give more of them, but when I see copywriters misuse words, it’s hard for me to compliment their content.   Case in point #1: Do you see the word indicated by the red arrow? That word should be complement not compliment.  […]

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  • How Spelling Errors Hurt SEO

    by Michelle Hutchinson Comments in Facebook groups can often turn sarcastic. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Apostrophe Man is my hero, a group that says, “[It's] a must for anyone who flies into a seething rage at the sight of a misused apostrophe or other irritating grammatical errors.” This week, a group member […]

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  • What You Can Learn about Writing by Sneaking a Peek

    by Michelle Hutchinson Deciding what to write about in this week’s blog post was easy because yesterday, I was on a company’s website and saw the following:                                                             […]

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  • How Song Lyrics Can Teach Us Standard Written English

    by Michelle Hutchinson While driving in my car yesterday, “Joy to the World,” by Three Dog Night, started playing on the radio. That song from my childhood brings back lots of memories, but hearing it again also made me realize that Hoyt Axton, the lyricist, knew his Standard Written English…or at least the correct use […]

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  • Can Our Schools Really Teach Kids How to Write?

    by Michelle Hutchinson What is it with schools today? If their efforts are supposed to serve as examples of how students should write, then why do so many institutions broadcast messages that are riddled with errors? Case in point is a blurb from the University of Wisconsin about an indoor triathlon. Notice the parenthetical phrase […]

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  • What Kroger Can Teach the California Strawberry Commission about Writing

    By Michelle Hutchinson I love strawberries. Their sweetness. Their juiciness. Even the way their color brightens an otherwise drab salad. What I don’t love is the fact that the California Strawberry Commission doesn’t know the difference between everyday (one word) and every day (two words). Look at this photo of the cover of the commission’s […]

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Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

I've never been one to follow conventional wisdom—at least when it doesn't make sense to me—and I'm not about to start now. Conventional wisdom says to limit your blog to one topic (e.g., writing) or to related topics (e.g., writing, reading, publishing), but my interests are too diverse.

While a good deal of this blog will be devoted to writing, editing, and resumes, I'll also explore topics in health, science, education, and a smattering of other areas. After all, I'm not only an editor and writer, but I am or have been a dentist, teacher, naval officer, environmental researcher, wife, parent, and pet owner.

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