Everyday vs. Every Day

There are some words we see every day that are sometimes used closed and sometimes open — like everyday and every day. When do we use which of these? In short, we do an everyday thing every day.

Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure vs. Secure

How do we make some thing or event certain? Do we assure it, ensure it, insure it, or secure it? It depends, but I assure you that you’ll be better able to pick the right word after reading this post.

Compliment vs. Complement

Do you compliment someone or complement them? Both could be right. These two words are often confused or typoed into each other. I added them to my checklist in PerfectIt a couple of years ago after seeing them mixed up in three manuscripts by three different authors in one week.

Why I Don’t Use LLMs in My Work

People are using large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT to answer questions, help with research, and churn out articles and books. And yes, some people use LLMs for editing, proofreading, and reference formatting, at least for their own work.

My position on text generators is very simple: I will not use them in my writing or editing work.

Why? Read on.

Synapsis vs. Synapses

A while back, I ran into some confusion over synapsis and synapses in a paper I was editing. This post untangles how these are used.

Palet vs. Pallet vs. Palate vs. Palette

Today, I have a four-way confusable: palet, pallet, palate, and palette all mean different things, and they’re easily typoed into each other. This post has some notes on picking the right spelling.

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