Banished words & phrases

Did you know that there’s a list of words and phrases that are Banished for Misuse, Overuse, and Uselessness? Lake Superior State University (LSSU) issues this tongue-in-cheek list at the end of each year. LSSU says it compiles the list to encourage “…avoidance of words and terms that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical…

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MARKUP

ProofingQueen has developed a PDF markup system that makes it easy for you to understand exactly what changes we’re suggesting, and why.

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CHECK THOSE FACTS!

Think you got that historical date right? Do you have the correct line breaks in the poem that’s being placed on the inside cover? Does crunching numbers have you feeling, erm, crunched?

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THE SERIAL COMMA

Whether you love it or hate it, the serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma, does have its uses.

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PROOFREADING CHECKLIST

We banish typos, of course, and we scan for errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling. But in our realm, every piece we review receives the royal treatment – which means we find more than just typos.

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THE “STRAIT” GOODS

This is a clever play on words that has created countless errors. As we’re based in Vancouver, BC, we see this often.

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