Writing pests

One of my favourite stories of last week was the story of disability advocate Sam Connor’s revamp of a website that was sorely in need of help. According to SBS online, when Connor “first saw the official website for The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, she noticed a…

New social terms wanted! #sosheterm

Official dictionaries regularly add new words in order to keep up with our changing language. Often these have taken shape on social media platforms. The Oxford Dictionary language reference site recently added ‘bae’, ‘selfie stick’ and ‘cyberwarrior’. It was thrilling to see the term ‘concern troll’ listed on the site too because I’ve been thinking…

Got style?

When I studied journalism at the University of South Australia in the late 80s/early 90s, one of the compulsory text was The Elements of Style  by Strunk and White. It was my introduction to style guides and an early lesson in the value of having a touchstone when it comes to … how you write…