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kimberlyedits:

Looks like even the editors need editors.

worthcogitation:

LOOK ALERT: This is what happens when you rush to publish digital news, typos all over the shop. (Thanks to colleague Margaret L. for passing this one on from Courier-Mail’s mobile feed.)

worthcogitation:

LOOK ALERT: This is what happens when you rush to publish digital news, typos all over the shop. (Thanks to colleague Margaret L. for passing this one on from Courier-Mail’s mobile feed.)

writethisnotthat:

If a doctor says that your test results are negative, is that good or bad?

"Negative" sounds bad to a lay person, but a negative test is usually good to a doctor.

"Negative test results" is jargon — language used by medical professionals that can be confusing to patients. Other examples: stable condition, draw blood, and dressing.

Try to remove jargon and pick substitute words. Instead of draw blood, use take blood. Instead of dressing, use bandage. Stable means their condition didn’t change.

Readers want clear explanations. Give them that.

heretoedit:

Here’s a new entry for Fix It Friday!

BEFORE

Dear Financial Aid Representative,

I am contacting you to discuss the discrepancy between my income listed on my FAFSA and the one displayed on my W-2 form.

When submitting my FAFSA, I was unsure of my income for 2013, and therefore, estimated that I had made 1,000. However, I now have access to my 2013 W-2 form and I am aware that my income for 2013 was actually $2,317.13. This is the reason for the different incomes on my FAFSA and W-2.

I wanted to clear up this matter in order to avoid any issues in the future—the income cited on my W-2 form is my income for the 2013 and the one you should look at when determining my aid for the upcoming year.

In the near future, I will update the student financial aid section of my FAFSA to reflect the correct income.

Thank You,

Ms. Student


AFTER

Dear Financial Aid Representative,

I am contacting you to discuss a discrepancy between the incomes listed on my FAFSA and W-2 forms.

While submitting my FAFSA, I was not sure about my exact income for 2013 so I gave an estimate of $1,000. However, I recently received my W-2 form and it states that my income for that year was actually $2,317.13.

I wanted to clarify this matter to avoid any potential issues during the financial aid process. My correct income for 2013 is on my W-2 form, so please refer to that document when determining my aid for the upcoming school year.

I will update my FAFSA to reflect the right income as soon as possible.


Thank You,

Ms. Student


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The original letter was fine, but it was a bit wordy so I made it more concise.

Well, I hope this was helpful! If you want to submit something for Fix It Friday, please send it by 5pm on Thursday.

Have a nice weekend ^^.

castiel-cracked-the-cat:

nobody knows how to cite their sources anymore and so i feel this duder

(via ladylillianrose)

trickunicorn:

Definitely worth a watch if you’re introverted and struggling to start or maintain a business.

worthcogitation:

Thanks to my colleague, Rob M., for pointing to this fine example of apostrophe abuse and tacky count-up clock brought to you by news.com.au

nandoops:

Record misspelled in a headline

nandoops:

Record misspelled in a headline

heretoedit:

Here’s a new entry for Fix It Friday!

BEFORE

hello
My name is Mary,i will also like to know you the more,and i want you to send an email to my email address so i can give you my pictures for you to know whom i am.Here is my email address (abc@xyz.com )
I believe we can move from here!I am waiting for your mail to my email address above Mary


AFTER

Hello,

My name is Mary and I would like to learn more about you. Please send me an email (abc@xyz.com) so I can give you my pictures and you can get to know me. I believe we can move forward from here so I’ll be waiting for your message.


- Mary


=

The original post was difficult to understand, so I cleaned it up to make it much easier to read.

Well, I hope this was helpful! If you want to submit something for Fix It Friday, please send it by 5pm on Thursday.

Have a nice weekend ^^.

per100ages:

A handshake is nice. A contract is better. Use Freelancers Union’s free tool to create your own personalized contract.

Working as a Freelancer can be a rewarding option for your design career, but let’s be honest, it can also be a little difficult at times especially if you’re feeling lost and just starting out. The Freelancers Union is here to help make it a little easier with their Contract Creator tool to make sure you’re protected while working out and about. It’s a great way to get a starter contract and adds some validity to your self-representation when you show that you are you’re own business. Too many times I’ve read stories of the effects of working without a contract (Hoefler & Frere-Jones anyone?) and it is so important that it be a regular part of your practice.


I would suggest taking it a step further and also taking a look at Margot Harrington’s Contract Writing for Freelancers Skillshare class. Here you’ll learn about the importance of proper language and examples of other classmates nicely designed contracts. I highly recommend this course!