Writing Tip 352: “Work in Progress” vs “Work in Process”

Writing Tip 352: “Work in Progress” vs “Work in Process”

What does the ever-popular #wip stand for? Or maybe I should ask, what does it stand for to you? This is a tricky answer, because it depends on when in the past two hundred years you’re curious about, which side of the Atlantic you’re on, or if you’re in the manufacturing or finance industries. Yes, […]

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Writing Tip 351: “Soul of Discretion” vs. “Sole Discretion”

Writing Tip 351: “Soul of Discretion” vs. “Sole Discretion”

A sole is a type of fish that discreetly hides in the sand of the ocean floor, but it isn’t the origin of either of these phrases. Your fingers might have the “sole” vs. “soul” debate as they dance across the keyboard, aiming for the correct spelling, but, really, it comes down to that little […]

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Writing Tip 350: “Marinade” vs. “Marinate”

Writing Tip 350: “Marinade” vs. “Marinate”

Foodies can be a fascinating and feisty bunch. Don’t get them started on the layers of flavor in their last bite or the barm on their craft beer, and for the love of your taste buds, please don’t slip up in your usage of “marinade” vs. “marinate” when you’re sharing your own recipe (or pictures […]

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Writing Tip 349: “Envelop” vs “Envelope”

Writing Tip 349: “Envelop” vs “Envelope”

If I were you, I’d be a bit cautious if someone wanted to envelope you in their arms. Does this mean they’re going to put you into a giant package and ship you off somewhere? Or perhaps this is just a typo. I’m guessing it’s a typo. But it’s typos like this that always give […]

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Writing Tip 348: “Alumnus,” “Alumna,” “Alumnae” & “Alumni”

Writing Tip 348: “Alumnus,” “Alumna,” “Alumnae” & “Alumni”

Nothing makes you feel less like a graduate than failing your first real-world spelling test. Do you know the difference between “alumnus,” “alumna,” “alumnae” & “alumni”? When people start talking Latin origins and uncommon spelling forms, tension begins to build in some secret place where childhood spelling bee angst hides. When we start adding word gender […]

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Stocking vs Stalking

Writing Tip 347: “Stocking” vs. “Stalking”

Being someone who stocks things is good. Being someone who stocks or stalks people is bad. Being someone who stalks things could go either way—but I’m guessing there has to be a story there. We can talk about corn stalks or agricultural stocks on the New York Stock Exchange. We can talk about stockings made […]

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Writing Tip 346: “Gamble” vs. “Gambol”

Writing Tip 346: “Gamble” vs. “Gambol”

Sometimes pressing send on an important communication can feel like a gamble. When you misspell a word that spellcheck doesn’t catch—like applying to be a “manger” rather than a “manager” (ouch!)—it can really hurt the cause. Typos can sometimes sneak into our writing when you aren’t looking (or when you forget to proof yourself), and […]

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