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ProWritingAid Checks For Clarity, Repeated Words And Cliched Phrases

Editing your own work can be difficult. If you don’t give yourself enough time between writing and revising, everything might sound good. ProWritingAid is a webapp that edits your work for writing style and gives you immediate feedback.


In Australia, It's Safest To Spell 'Yoghurt' With An 'H'

One of the most crucial factors with yoghurt is consistency — you want it to be rich and creamy. Unfortunately, consistency is not a hallmark of the English language, which is why there’s a lot of confusion over whether yoghurt or yogurt is the accepted spelling.


Your Colleagues Are Not Your 'Work Colleagues'

Knowing what a word means is critical to using it correctly. If you use the expression “work colleagues”, what you’re really saying is that that you don’t know what “colleagues” means.


Focus On Your Apology, Not Your Reason, To Express Yourself Clearly

Communicating clearly is crucial when you’re apologising, especially if you want to make your perspective heard too. If your apology has a “but” in it, consider switching the parts before and after the “but”. This will put the focus on your apology, instead of the reason for your behaviour.


Google Translate Brings Real-Time Text Translation To Your Phone

iOS/Android: Last year, Google bought Word Lens, the amazing app that translates signs in real time, and made it free for everyone. Now the company has gone one better and rolled the feature into Google Translate.


Silicon And Silicone Are Not The Same Thing

Silicon is element number 14 in the periodic table, and an essential component in the processors that power our computers and phones and lives. Silicone is the stuff which is used in breast implants and earbuds. The two words aren’t interchangeable.


Replace The Word 'But' With A Pause For Better Apologies

It’s easy to undermine your apologies with an explanation, even if you’re being sincere. To help with this problem, avoid saying “but” and instead simply pause between sentences.


Why Do Words End In -Able Or -Ible?

I saw the sign pictured above over the Christmas break (hi Yarragon!), and realised something: I didn’t know if there was any underlying principle to when a word is spelled with -able or -ible on the end. It was time to find out.


EAngel Has A Human Expert Correct Your Emails In Foreign Languages

Chrome/Web: If you’re sending an email that isn’t in your native language, your proofreading probably suffers. eAngel uses a real person to correct your spelling and grammar to avoid embarrassing translation mistakes.


Season's Greetings: Get The Apostrophe Right

As is traditional for Mind Your Language, we end the year with a festive reminder. When you write Season’s Greetings in an email or card, remember to include the apostrophe.