Canadiana in writing: a few fun facts about our Thanksgiving

At this time of year we Canucks celebrate a successful harvest and show our gratitude by gorging ourselves on a significant proportion of the produce we slaved all year to grow and store.

Our tasty pumpkin pie, complete with maple leaf decorations to establish its Canadian-ness. Those cranberries are a good idea, too. Yum.

Unlike the Americans we don’t wait until ten minutes before Christmas / Hanukkah / other winter celebrations to get this done when anywhere North American folks other than in southern states are beginning to need to put on their woolly knickers and cosy pyjamas (a.k.a. ‘pajamas‘ in North America).

We snotty Canucks prefer to do it at a time when the seasons are changing inspiringly, leaves on our trees are turning vivid gold, orange, bronze and other flaming colours, and the air has changed from the sultry, humid warmth of summer to the crisp invigoration of ‘the fall’ before it starts to freeze our private parts and make us scrape snow and ice off our cars in the mornings, as shown below. [Continue reading]

A nasty little writing quiz about apostrophes

By popular demand, another sneaky, nasty grammar quiz. The last one got hundreds of comments and likes and I’m told customers and staff in a certain UK fashion house nearly came to blows arguing over it.apostrophe quizThis time we’re looking for apostrophes … nasty little b*ggers they are, too…

In which of following sentences is there one or more (or no) apostrophe used wrongly?

No cheating now! Answers are below… [Continue reading]

How to write with a tomato

Pomodoro for writers

Do you do Pomodoro? Yes, it's Italian for tomato, but also it's biz-speak for a productivity-increasing method. We writers like to think we can use methods like this to crank out the words faster. (Or do we?) So we asked business admin expert … [Continue reading]

An English writing grammar fiend walks into a bar…

horse in bar

You may think you've heard all the jokes about 'A xxxx walks into a bar,' but I guarantee the majority of you won't have heard all of the following. English language lovers will adore them and even grammar fiends and fascists might crack a … [Continue reading]

How to earn some extra money as a voice-over artiste

recording a voice over

Have people told you that you have a nice voice? That you're a good speaker in meetings, presentations, etc.? If your answer is either 'yes' or 'sort of' and you could do with a few extra pennies, how about doing some voice-over (VO) work, reading … [Continue reading]

Tricky, tricky spelling quiz: can you crack it?

spelling mistkakes

I can't afford to offer a trip for two to Las Vegas as a prize, but this quiz could keep you busy during quiet moments in the next few days. Answers at the bottom. (No cheating - look later!) And what really is infuriating is the way that … [Continue reading]

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