Category Archives: Word Choice
Historical Terms: BC/AD or BCE/CE?

In 1995 BC, Pharaoh Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Egypt died. In AD 1995, on the other hand, Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ was released. These are quite different events, so it’s lucky that we...

27 January 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: To, Too or Two?

Mixing up ‘to’ and ‘too’ is one of the most common spelling mistakes we see as proofreaders. Confusing these terms with ‘two’ is less usual, but they sound alike and it’s easy to make a ...

21 December 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: There, Their or They’re?

There are few terms more commonly mixed up than ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’. And when a spelling error inspires the name of an indie rock band, you know it must be widespread. It’s ...

29 November 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Explicit vs. Implicit

The problem with antonyms (i.e. words with opposite meanings) is that they often look quite similar. Take ‘explicit’ and ‘implicit’, for example: both are used for explaining how ideas are exp...

27 October 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Chord vs. Cord

Since they sound identical when spoken, it’s easy to confuse the words ‘chord’ and ‘cord’. But avoiding mistakes like this is vital in academic writing, so we’ve prepared this quick guide ...

26 October 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Extent vs. Extend

Usually, our ‘Word Choice’ posts cover homophones (i.e. words that sound alike despite being spelled differently and having different uses). On this occasion, however, we’re essentially looking ...

28 October 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Assume vs. Presume

Herein, we’re looking at two words that are frequently used interchangeably, yet which have importantly distinct meanings once you check carefully: ‘presume’ and ‘assume’. These terms are ac...

5 November 2016 | 0 comments



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