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Body art – love it or loathe it?

Does it matter what your body language says?

The type of art that uses the body as a canvas to express someone’s feelings about something important in life. Some use it just to adorn themselves, like a permanent necklace or a bracelet. I’m not talking about piercings here, but tattoos, which are by no means a new fad – people have been applying permanent etchings to their skin for thousands of years.

In the past ten or twenty years though, this has become almost a fashion, like the mini skirt of the sixties or the ruffles and bows of the New Romantics in the eighties. But this is a fashion that you can’t discard: you can only embellish, add to or remove painfully.

 

Tattoos for cosmetic purposes

Maybe tattoos are a Marmite thing – love them or hate them. Opinions are definitely divided, and while some regard them as beautiful works of art, others see them as a

How a proofreader saves you embarrassment!

A proofreader’s skill goes further than just being good at spelling, deeper than knowing when he should or shouldn’t use an apostrophe. At WordPerfect, we never stop at proofreading alone – copy-editing is an essential component of perfecting each and every document.

Easy peasy apostrophes – part 2

My last post sparked quite a bit of a stir! The resounding answer to the question I posed: “Is text-speak killing my beloved apostrophe?” was a clear NO.

My insatiable appetite for proofreading and catching errors is shared by some like-minded contributors on LinkedIn (thank you all). Some pointed out that using an apostrophe + s to denote plurals can be a matter of which style guide you prefer to follow, or indeed whether you are using UK or US English.

American examples cited were “recite your ABC’s”, “dot your I’s and cross your T’s” which I suppose I can grudgingly understand, and can also be used in dates like “the 1980’s”, although I still don’t see the necessity for that.

But the one that finally convinced me personally that you should NOT use the apostrophe to indicate a plural was this one:

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