16 Dec 2019

"A damp squid" should be "A damp squib"

"On tender hooks" should be "On tenterhooks"

"Nip it in the butt" should be "Nip it in the bud"

"Champing at the bit" should be "Chomping at the bit"

"A mute point" should be "A moot point"

"One foul swoop" should be "One fe...

15 Jan 2016

Some Shortcut Keys

Bold – ‘Ctrl’ key plus b

Italic – ‘Ctrl’ key plus i

Underline – ‘Ctrl’ key plus u

Subscript – ‘Ctrl’ key plus =

Superscript – ‘Ctrl’ key and ‘Shift’ key together plus =

Really handy tip:  To return to normal formatting, press ‘Ctrl’ and spacebar.  To remov...

18 Nov 2015

Word remembers the last three locations of typing or amendments.  By holding down the Shift key and pressing F5, you can return the insertion point to each of the three previous locations and then return to the original position.  The last location of the insertion poi...

4 Nov 2015

Selecting Text

One word: Double-click anywhere on the word.  With hyphenated words, only the word before the hyphen is highlighted.

One sentence: Hold down the Ctrl key and click anywhere in the sentence.

One paragraph: Double-click in the left-hand space next to the...

6 Jul 2015

Coverage of Formula 1 is a minefield when it comes to the correct use of ‘amount’ and ‘number’ because there are so many facts and figures.  There is usually at least one slip up and yesterday’s British Grand Prix was no exception when the commentator referred to the...

13 Jun 2015

The use of the words ‘amount’ when it should be ‘number’ and ‘less’ when it should be ‘fewer’, and vice versa, is heard far too frequently nowadays, particularly by television personalities and presenters.

Amount =  How much, or less than.

Number = How many, or fewer tha...

12 Jun 2015

This week HSBC announced that they would be reducing the number of their banks in the UK, resulting in less branches in our towns, according to a BBC reporter.

20 May 2015

Childrens’… care of the BBC again.

24 Apr 2015

It goes on and on.  The number of times ‘amount’ is used when it should be ‘number’ is occurring more and more on the TV.  The reporters and interviewers just can’t seem to get it right.

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