Tag Archives: spelling

  • How to Remember the Difference between Gorilla and Guerrilla

    By Michelle Hutchinson In the past few months, I’ve prepared several resumes for marketing professionals. When completing the questionnaire I use to gather the content for a resume, two clients wrote that they use gorilla marketing strategies. Unless they are trying to entice customers to buy apes, they are not using gorilla marketing techniques. The […]

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  • Discreet vs. Discrete: A Writer’s Trick for Remembering the Difference

    By Michelle Hutchinson Can you keep a secret? If so, people might view you as discreet, a word that means prudent, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature. If you’re writing a memoir, you can be discreet about less-than-admirable family members, friends, and contacts in your background […]

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  • How to Blog for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

    by Michelle Hutchinson There are many ways to increase your website’s ranking by the major search engines, and blogging is one of them. How does blogging help? 1. Search engines rank a website more highly when it regularly has fresh content. If your blog is incorporated into your website, every new blog post counts as […]

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  • Awe vs. Aw: What’s the Difference?

    by Michelle Hutchinson “Aw, what a cute baby,” my friend Karen said when she visited my home and cooed over my newborn niece. “Awe, what an adorable puppy,” she wrote on another friend’s Facebook post. Oh, Karen, how could you‽ I thought you knew the difference between “aw” and “awe.” Karen isn’t the only one […]

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  • Not End of World but Reminder of Peace

    by Michelle Hutchinson So December 21, 2012, came and went, but the end of the world (as predicted by recent rumors) did not. If you had been worried by those reports, I hope the fact that you’re still here fills you with peace. Take a look that last word; it’s peace, not piece. Lately, I’ve […]

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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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  • ABC News Says Spelling Errors Hurt Sales

    by Michelle Hutchinson Image source: Michael Gil, http://ow.ly/egYsj What do you do when you’re a new dad and your old sports car doesn’t accommodate your baby’s car seat? You try to sell the vehicle, of course, so you can buy one more suitable to your growing family. However, ABC News recently reported that among other […]

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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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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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