10 Most Commonly Misspelled Words on Resumes

Friends don’t let friends press Send without first proofreading their resumes. Here are the ten most commonly misspelled words found on resumes and the tricks to ensure they don’t get overlooked. 1. Accommodate Remember that the most accommodating folks give you two of everything—like two C’s and two M’s. 2. Personnel Personnel refers to a …

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[WORD PEOPLE] Top 10 Pet Names

According to the Humane Society of the United States, over 62% of all American households include at least one pet. If you’re in love with words like we are, you might find it challenging to come up with the perfect name for your pet. Curious about which pet names are the most popular? Look no …

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[WORD PEOPLE] Just Another Manic Moon Day

The seven-day week is used worldwide and has been adopted as the international standard, as specified by the International Organization for Standardization. As often as you use your calendar (mourning the loss of a weekend, willing Monday to become Friday, etc.), do you know the origin of the days of the week? For those who …

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[WORD PEOPLE] Essential Spanish Travel Phrases

With summer vacation right around the corner, it’s a safe bet that lots of folks will be traveling to Spanish-speaking countries. And traveling can sure be stressful when you don’t know the language. No worries! Here are some essential phrases you can learn that will help you through some common travel situations. Useful Spanish Phrases …

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Writing and Editing

Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes—Oh, my!

Everyone needs a break now and then, and sentences are no different. Most writers already have a handle on how to use commas and periods to break up text and give the reader a chance to breathe. However, one of the most overlooked and least understood punctuation marks is the dash. Dashes are multipurpose tools …

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[WORD PEOPLE] Baby Talk: 20 Most Common First Words

During our lifetime, we learn a whole bunch of words. But as a child, which ones do Americans typically learn first? Here they are! (Sorry, Mom.) Daddy Mommy Baa Baa Bye Hi Uh Oh Grr Bottle Yum Yum Dog No Woof Woof Vroom Kitty Ball Baby Duck Cat Ouch Banana Source:

[WORD PEOPLE] The Most Annoying Word of Them All

The Marist Institute for Public Opinion does an annual survey to determine which word or phrase Americans consider to be the most annoying. And the winner is … “whatever.” According to Marist, “For the fifth straight year, Americans consider ‘whatever’ to be the most annoying word or phrase in conversation today.  38% find ‘whatever’ to …

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[WORD PEOPLE] 13 Short Books to Read on Long Journeys

Here at ProEdit, we like to read. And apparently we like lists too, because this is our third one this month. The following books are perfect for that business trip across the country or for your vacation down to Jamaica (I would have gone with you if you had asked). All genres are included, and …

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[WORD PEOPLE] 10 Words for Hateful People

Last week’s post was all about being positive. To be fair and balanced, this week’s post is about “hate words.” Bah, humbug! Here’s the list. These words all begin with the Greek roots mis- and miso-, meaning “hatred” or “dislike of.” Misocapnist: Don’t like smoking? Misocapnists hate tobacco smoke in any form. Misoneist: Misoneists hate …

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