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Category Archives: English language

Why an English teacher is not a proofreader

If there’s anything more frustrating than reading something that’s full of errors, it’s being told that it was proofread by ‘a friend who’s good at English’, or ‘Joe down the road who’s an English teacher’. Recently, this frustration has been escalated by seeing, on social media, the cover of a self-published book with numerous errors… Continue Reading

Texting style – it’s nothing new

Texting brought in a new style of communication including highly abbreviated language and emoticons. Indeed, the Oxford Dictionary’s word for 2015 was an emoticon.* The older generation is often dismissive of this, calling it ‘not proper English’ and worse. Older people who are less used to modern technology can be perplexed when receiving what looks… Continue Reading