All versus all of

“All” versus “all of”

I’m a little obsessive about proper usage, but there are plenty of holes in my knowledge of writing style. Thus, when I saw “all our funds,” it drove me to the internet to see if that should read “all of our funds.” My first observation: this seems to be a question mainly for English language […]

Those pesky split infinitives!

Did you ever learn that you shouldn’t “split infinitives”? You probably know that it means to insert an adverb or adverbial phrase between “to” and a verb. The proponents of “no split infinitives” don’t like Star Trek’s mission “to boldly go where no one has gone before.” However, apparently, no such rule exists, according to many […]

Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for June 24: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. This mistake isn’t easy to find, in my opinion. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

high net worth

“High net worth” in your financial marketing

A copyediting project spurred me to think about how to use “high net worth” to describe investors. First, should you hyphenate “high net worth” when using it as an adjective? Second, is “high net worth” a useful term for communications with prospective clients? “High net worth” and hyphens My gut told me to use hyphens […]

JUNE NEWSLETTER: Coping with generative AI in articles

Protect your publication against AI-generated text You need a policy on text created using generative artificial intelligence (AI), such as ChatGPT, if you’re publishing a blog, newsletter, or other communication using articles that you haven’t personally written. Here’s my policy. To protect against allegations of plagiarism and copyright infringement, we have a policy on the use […]