Is Kindergarten Capitalized?

Is Kindergarten Capitalized?
Do you capitalize kindergarten?

A common question is whether the word kindergarten is capitalized. Well, I’ve already given away the answer–no, kindergarten is not capitalized. But if you came to this post, you should read below so that you know how to deal with capitalization issues for other terms in the future.

Whenever you have a question about the capitalization of a word, you have to Continue reading Is Kindergarten Capitalized?

How to Change the Color of Tracking in Tracked Changes in Microsoft Word

You might have noticed that, when you are working with tracked changes in Word, when you close and reopen your document, the color of your tracked changes sometimes changes (e.g., maybe your revisions were in blue, and now all of a sudden, they are in red!).

If you would like the color to stay consistent, follow Continue reading How to Change the Color of Tracking in Tracked Changes in Microsoft Word

No More “Those”

Conciseness SicknessSome time long ago, a disease called wordiness began to spread among writers. In informal speech and writing, we use filler words, overly complex verbs, redundant word pairs, long or cumbersome phrases, clichés, and other devices that unnecessarily bloat our sentences.

In academic and other formal writing, one challenge is to reduce this wordiness whenever possible. The benefits of doing so are improved readability and often specificity and clarity.

Because conciseness is such an important theme in academic writing, I am developing some video lessons on them. Occasionally, however, I will post brief examples so that you can begin to look for ways to reduce wordiness in your own writing.

Today’s example is the word those. In some cases, the word is helpful and even necessary. But any time that you use the word, double check to see Continue reading No More “Those”

How to Change the Language Region to US English on OxfordDictionaries.com

Just a quick post today with a little tip. I usually use Merriam-Webster dictionary because it is the preferred source of spelling for most major US editorial styles. However, I have noticed that Oxford’s online dictionary has some nice explanations of tricky situations.

Today I was double checking the lie vs. lay rules, and I liked Oxford’s straightforward approach to explaining it. If you are using US English for your document, you’ll want to quickly change the language preference before you begin using the dictionary. To do this  Continue reading How to Change the Language Region to US English on OxfordDictionaries.com