“Dysambiguation”: Mistaken Disambiguation

Disambiguation means taking an ambiguous sentence and removing the ambiguity. For example, "I like chocolate more than you" is ambiguous. You could disambiguate it to either "I like chocolate more than you do" or "I like chocolate more than I like you." I am coining the term "dysambiguation" to mean disambiguating the wrong way. Suppose… Continue reading “Dysambiguation”: Mistaken Disambiguation

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The G Files Part 4: The Genuine Article

Articles (a, an and the) are tricky. Non-native English speakers struggle with knowing when and when not to use them. Native speakers instinctively know, but most cannot consciously articulate the rules they're unconsciously following. (Why is it "plants release oxygen into the air" and not "plants release the oxygen into air"? Why is "the tiger… Continue reading The G Files Part 4: The Genuine Article


5 Reasons You Need a Numerate Editor

If you're writing scientific or mathematical content, it's not enough to get your work checked by an editor who only knows spelling and grammar. You need one who also has a mathematical or technical background, otherwise they will misunderstand your writing and make mistaken "corrections" which might make it into the final version. I don't… Continue reading 5 Reasons You Need a Numerate Editor