Writing Tip 386: “Troubleshooted” vs. “Troubleshot”

Writing Tip 386: “Troubleshooted” vs. “Troubleshot”

Does “troubleshot” make you think of that photo bomb that wasn’t your wisest decision? Is it a penalty kick in a tied game? Does it make you think of that last two ounces of tequila that you just shouldn’t have agreed to? I’m okay with these definitions. I think they are all “trouble-shots” in their […]

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Writing Tip 385: “Flow” vs. “Floe”

Writing Tip 385: “Flow” vs. “Floe”

Sometimes, you’ve just got to go with the flow, unless you’re riding along on an iceberg. Then, perhaps, it’s time to reconsider—your spelling among other things. Actually, an “iceberg” is a bit misleading. When we’re talking about an “ice floe,” we’re not talking about giant mountains of ice.

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Writing Tip 384: Getting down to “Brass Tacks” or “Brass Tax”?

Writing Tip 384: Getting down to “Brass Tacks” or “Brass Tax”?

Here’s that moment when you pause and think: pennies are made of copper; nickels are made of nickel. Is there a coin made of brass? Or is there some brass purchasing tax we just aren’t aware of? Or was it something of a different era? Did Robin Hood steal money from the rich and give […]

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Writing Tip 383: Apostrophes with “Years of Experience” & “Years’ Experience”

Writing Tip 383: Apostrophes with “Years of Experience” & “Years’ Experience”

Resume writers can be baffled about where to put the apostrophe (or not) when writing about the experience of their years. Is there an apostrophe? Is there none? Let’s settle this one and for all. Yes. And yes. How easy is that? Wait … let’s break this down.

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Writing Tip 382: “Frayed Nerves” or “Fried Nerves”?

Writing Tip 382: “Frayed Nerves” or “Fried Nerves”?

Your mind might feel fried, but what about your nerves? Are they fried too? Or are they something else? This is an expression that goes back a couple centuries, but sometimes, the exact wording is misheard or misspoken. Is it “Frayed Nerves” or “Fried Nerves”? And have you been saying this correctly?

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Writing Tip 381: “Beside” vs. “Besides” the Point

Writing Tip 381: “Beside” vs. “Besides” the Point

Some English language questions feel a bit prickly, but this shouldn’t be one of them. As similar as they might appear at first glance, the debate between “beside” vs. “besides” is not similar to that of “toward” vs. “towards” or “backward” vs. “backwards.” Most of these are words that show physical relationships (ahem, “prepositions” for […]

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Writing Tip 380: “Hurray” vs. “Hooray”

Writing Tip 380: “Hurray” vs. “Hooray”

Hip, hip, hallelujah! No, that’s not right. But how do you spell the last word of this cheer of excitement? Hooray! Hurray! Huzzah! Yep, these are all versions of the same exclamation of joy, encouragement, or approval that sometimes just has to be vocalized. The Oxford English Dictionary prefers “hooray,” noting it’s a version of […]

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