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Grammar 101: Lead and Led

December 9th, 2014

The English language can be confusing enough when you have two words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have entirely different meanings. Things get even more confusing when you have words that are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, as well as being interconnected with other words […]

Grammar 101: On Revisionist Pronunciation

December 2nd, 2014

When two words have the same pronunciation and one is written far more often than the other, you might struggle with choosing the right one. Someone might use “segway” when they really mean to write “segue” instead. That can cause some confusion, to be sure, but what happens when someone decides to say an existing […]

Grammar 101: Newborn, Baby or Infant?

November 25th, 2014

Even when words have very similar definitions, they can carry wildly different connotations. Whether you refer to the “accused” or the “defendant” in a criminal court case could impact how someone interprets what you say. A house may be just a physical building, but you may have more emotional attachment to your home. And that […]

Grammar 101: Leech and Leach

November 17th, 2014

If you have a good-for-nothing acquaintance who is constantly mooching off of the people around him, if this person is always trying to extract resources from others, you might call this person a leech. Or is he a leach? Both leech and leach are pronounced exactly the same way, but just like site and cite, […]

Freelance Business: The Fear Never Goes Away

November 13th, 2014

Striking it out on your own involves taking a monumental leap of faith. It doesn’t matter how much confidence you have in your skills as a graphic designer, freelance writer, business consultant or wedding photographer; you can never really know how successful your small business will be until you take the plunge into the great […]

More Writing Around the Web

November 7th, 2014

Some of you may know me best for the blogging I do here on Beyond the Rhetoric, but my “day job” as a freelance writer means that the majority of the content that I write ends up getting published elsewhere. And while I do cover a fairly broad range of subject matter for my clients, […]

Giving Clients Access to Work in Progress

November 6th, 2014

In a What’s Up Wednesdays speedlink a couple of weeks ago, I included a blog post from a professional photographer who said that he will never give his RAW files to his clients. He said this is because the RAW files don’t fully represent his work and his creative vision. He said this was akin […]

Grammar 101: Nip It In The Bud or Butt?

October 30th, 2014

It’s time to explore another English idiom that many people often get wrong. Just as someone might refer to a “mother load” when they really mean to say “mother lode” instead, it is surprisingly common to hear people talking about nipping something in the “butt” when the correct idiom is to “nip it in the […]