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Commonly Misspelled Words in Phrases

By Judy Vorfeld FREE REIGN OR FREE REIN? It’s “rein.” Microsoft Encarta says it’s the com­plete free­dom to make deci­sions and take action with­out con­sult­ing any­one else. The Cambridge Dictionary of Idioms says “free rein” is syn­ony­mous with “allow” and “give.” If you give peo­ple, ideas, or […]

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Compliment-Complement

By Judy Vorfeld COMPLIMENT Which is more com­monly used: “com­pli­ment” or “com­ple­ment”? “Compliment” is more com­monly used. It means say­ing some­thing nice about some­one. Examples: Judy Vorfeld com­pli­mented Hal Alpiar on his lat­est book…Ruthann Clemens com­pli­mented Terence Kierans on his tech­ni­cal sup­port tips…My com­pli­ments to the chef. COMPLEMENT […]

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Commas

By Judy Vorfeld Do you cringe when some­one reviews your work and says you’re mak­ing mis­takes with com­mas? Never fear. I’m here to help. Q. How do I know if and when to use a comma to set off words near the begin­ning of a sen­tence? A. Use a comma after elements […]

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Business Letter Formatting

By Judy Vorfeld Have you ever won­dered if there’s a “best” way to write a busi­ness let­ter, in terms of lay­out? Let’s look the full block style for some guide­lines. Before we begin, let me say that there are many ways to put together a busi­ness let­ter. While you […]

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Typography Sites and Articles

By Judy Vorfeld WEBSITES Wikipedia says that typog­ra­phy is the art and tech­nique of arrang­ing type in order to make lan­guage vis­i­ble. The arrange­ment of type involves the selec­tion of type­faces, point size, line length, lead­ing (line spac­ing), adjust­ing the spaces between groups of let­ters (track­ing) and […]

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