Translation Scammers: Mild Nuisance or Spawn of the Devil?

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When I opened my inbox this morning, I was greeted—like I am most mornings—by translation scammers. But the number of messages from these bottom feeders was higher than usual. I often get four or five emails from translator impersonators while I’m still asleep, but this morning? I had twenty messages, which is a record. In this post […]

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The Complete Website Copy Editing Checklist

You’ve written your web copy. Now what? Use our website copy editing checklist below to create the best possible experience for your users. Just put this page in a window next to the page you’re working on and check off the boxes below while you work. You can also bookmark this page so you can […]

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Converting European number formats in Microsoft Word

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Converting European number formats in Microsoft Word: Overview Thinking of converting European number formats in Microsoft Word? Good. RedLine has you covered. See the steps here. Converting European number formats in Microsoft Word involves the following: evaluating the numeric strings in your document using regular expressions in Word’s Find/Replace feature to find all instances of […]

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The Endangered Languages Project

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What Is the Endangered Languages Project? About half of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages may disappear from the planet in the next 100 years. Enter the Endangered Languages Project. It’s an effort led by Google and the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity. Its goal is to document the vitality of these languages. The online resource is a […]

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The Difference Between Editing and Proofreading

What’s the difference between editing and proofreading? It depends on your point of view. (Sorry. The definition changes depending on who you talk to.) For me, editing and proofreading have meant different things at different times. When I was in high school, these terms meant the same thing. When I worked as a copy editor in […]

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French Synonyms: 17 Ways to Say “Large Trees”

This article on French synonyms originally appeared on this blog on September 5, 2013. Text, images, and formatting have been updated. I recently read an article in an issue of the French magazine Science & Vie, and I was struck by the number of synonyms that the writer used for grands arbres (“large trees”). In fact, I […]

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The Link Between Cursive Writing and Reading Ability

The following is a translation of an article that appeared in the August 2013 issue of the French science magazine Science & Vie. Images, pull quotes, inset boxes, and sidebar illustrations from the article (along with their accompanying text) have been omitted. Students Should Keep Writing by Hand In the United States, children are encouraged […]

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Nonbreaking spaces in Microsoft Word

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Nonbreaking spaces: What are they? Using nonbreaking spaces in Microsoft Word can be very helpful. We’ll teach you how to type them in this post. A nonbreaking space is a character that has the same width as a word space but prevents an undesirable line break. For example, would you rather read 4.6 million as […]

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Does font matter?

If asked the question Does font matter?, typographers and graphic designers would undoubtedly say “yes.” And the organizing committee for the London 2012 Olympic Games would probably agree—they now know that Headline 2012 is ugly. A font’s importance increases in direct proportion to the number of people who will see it. Just sending an email […]

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