Proofreading Tips

Pesky Prefixes: Tips on When to Hyphenate

2019-05-22T05:35:25+00:00 May 15th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

We're living in a fast-paced world, and we tend to jam a lot of things together. We even make up words like hangry, J-Lo and whatev. Words that begin with prefixes — take, for example, "redo" — are the result of us getting our point across faster. After all, it's faster to say "redo" than [...]

TIP: Em Dash (Part 2): Em vs. En Dash

2019-05-22T04:16:12+00:00 March 15th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

So many options. So tempting to type a hyphen, hit the space bar, type another word and see your hyphen magically turn into an en dash. No one will notice ... But an en dash just isn't an em dash, is it? It's shorter. Em dash: — En dash: –   Hyphen (for size): - Historically, the [...]

TIP: Em Dash (Part 1): Spaces or no spaces?

2019-04-19T16:07:44+00:00 February 22nd, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

You see it both ways so often that its inconsistency has become consistent, but it still gets under your skin. Should an em dash (—) have spaces before and after it, or should it touch the words it separates? First, what is an em dash? An em dash can be used in pairs to encompass [...]

TIP: Health Care vs. Healthcare

2019-01-31T01:39:20+00:00 January 13th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

The words "health" and "care" are used so frequently together in the English language that they are becoming joined at the hip, but according to AP Style, they require separation surgery. Health care as a noun: The national debate about health care has reached a fever pitch. Health care as an adjective: Health care costs [...]