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Thinking of writ­ing an ebook?

Judy Vorfeld Discover the magic of for­mat­ting with Microsoft Word styles Plus writ­ing, gram­mar, and Word tips   Disclaimer: I have no finan­cial arrange­ment with Pubslush.com. Rather I have a pas­sion to help writ­ers cre­ate the finest books pos­si­ble, and Pubslush is pro­vid­ing me a plat­form in its blog to let me […]

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Afflict or Inflict?

Judy Vorfeld AFFLICT Sufferers are afflicted with/by disease/troubles. It means to bring great harm or suf­fer­ing to some­one, includ­ing many invis­i­ble afflic­tions such as migraine headaches, grief, depres­sion, insom­nia, and painful mem­o­ries. People are also afflicted with con­di­tions such as arthri­tis, blind­ness, measles, and can­cer. Generally, we […]

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Capitalizing parts of the world

Judy Vorfeld When writ­ing, you may have won­dered about cap­i­tal­iz­ing cer­tain con­ti­nents, coun­tries, cities, oceans, etc. Capitalize enti­ties, says Chicago Manual of Style (8.44), that appear on maps. Also cap­i­tal­ize the adjec­tives and nouns derived from them. Examples: (Asia/Asian; California/Californian; Ireland/Irish)

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When do you wave and when do you waive?

Judy Vorfeld TO WAIVE In the busi­ness and sports worlds, “waive” is used quite often. Here are some mean­ings: To give up a claim to some­thing To hold back from insist­ing on/enforcing a rule, penalty, require­ment To can­cel or post­pone (some­times tem­porar­ily) A few syn­onyms: sac­ri­fice, sur­ren­der, give up, […]

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A breach, to breach, a breech, breeches

Judy Vorfeld A BREACH: A gap/in vio­la­tion of some­thing. Think secu­rity breach, agreement/promise breach, rup­ture. TO BREACH: to break open/through. Think break­through (busi­ness) or break­out (prison), or what whales do. A BREECH: lower/back part of some­thing (breech birth or pre­sen­ta­tion), the part of a firearm behind the bar­rel. BREECHES: Old-fashioned […]

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