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6 very British idioms and where they really came from

The British are a strange folk. It’s thought that people have been populating this tiny island since 325 BC, and since those early years, it’s suffered a ton of invasions from a ton of different countries. When you consider its age and multiple linguistic influences,…

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Are you stuck in a word rut? Here’s how to break out.

Lemme set the scene: you’re sat editing your work. It reads well and you’re starting to feel pretty damn sassy. Then you notice something—you’ve used the same word twice in the same paragraph. Here it is again in the next sentence. And again in the…

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Best blogging platforms: beginner, intermediate and professional

So, you want to start a blog. Great idea—blogging is wicked. Trouble is, there are a lot of blogging platforms knocking about on the web and it can be tricky to choose the right one for your ability level and blogging needs. Dabblers aren’t going to want…

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4 email sins committed by workplace time-wasters

The average office worker receives 121 emails a day. It’s thought that by the year 2021, the number of emails sent and received in a day will reach 320 billion. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? It also sounds like a huge-ass waste of work…

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Do you know your i.e. from your e.g.?

Aaaah, yes. This old chestnut. I.e. and e.g. are Latin’s equivalent of text speak—they’re the original BRB or LOL. Kinda like abbreviation grandparents. That being said, they’re commonly misused, mixed up and muddled. All that ends now. This week, I’ma help you puzzle out what…

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Brand tone of voice: a lesson in speaking the same language as your customers

I love words. But sometimes people ruin them, you know? Like businesses who insist on using big, long, fancy, creative words to describe what they do. That approach is all well and good…if those are the words your customers are using. Let me give you…

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Can I get a rewind: how to repurpose blog content

What if you could bring old blog content back from the dead? Like, resurrect it and make it more powerful than ever before? Don’t freak out. I’m not talking about necromancy here, just a little blog content repurposing. It’s a nifty tactic and I’m here…

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How to kill your inner editor (then bring it back to life)

In my experience, there’s one thing that kills creativity like nothing else and that’s my inner editor (or Jackie, as I call her). I’ll be skimming my notes, blank page in front of me, the keyboard tempting my fingertips and my brain firing with hundreds…

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90s slang that time forgot

I was born in the mid-80s, so the 90s were some of my best and most awkward years. I watched Clueless on repeat. I owned a thousand scrunchies and I had the SICKEST inflatable backpack. Before we begin this delightful round-up of slang, I should…

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Double negatives: why they ain’t nothing to worry about

As you can tell from the smartass title, double negatives are something to worry about (and if you didn’t get the joke, you’ll definitely need to read on). Especially since they’re pretty normal in some dialects. That means they’re contagious and people are going to pick…

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