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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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Idioms

By Judy Vorfeld Main Entry: id.i.om Pronunciation: ’i-dE-&m Function: noun Etymology: Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French idiome, from Late Latin idioma indi­vid­ual pecu­liar­ity of lan­guage, from Greek idiOmat-, idiOma, from idi­ousthai to appro­pri­ate, from idios Date: 1588 1 a : the lan­guage pecu­liar to a peo­ple or […]

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Homonyms

By Judy Vorfeld HOMONYM: One of two or more words hav­ing the same sound and often the same spelling but dif­fer­ent mean­ings. Examples: quail (cower), and quail (bird) fair (appear­ance), fair (county fair), and fair (rea­son­able). HOMOPHONE: One of two or more words pro­nounced the same but […]

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Writing and Research Resources

The Writing Center Basic Resources Grammar Basics Grammar Tips Homonyms Idioms Dictionaries & Glossaries Common Grammar Mistakes Ebook Formatting Tips Typography: Arranging Type to Make Language Visible Strictly Grammar A Web of Online Grammars Common Errors in English: Professor Paul Brians Daily Grammar Daily Writing Tips: Get […]

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