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Emojis – Helpful hack or unnecessary evil?

Wink face, smiley face, crying face, the dancer, the cyclist, the cat, the moon, and, of course, the avocado. There are emojis for just about everything these days, but why?...

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Grammar vigilantes – annoying pedantry or an important public service?

Making the streets safe for pedants everywhere… Earlier this month, BBC 4 featured an interview with Bristol’s self-styled “grammar vigilante”, who makes a hobby of correcting street signs and shop fronts...

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Misused, abused and overused words – are you a culprit?

On average, men speak 7,000 words a days and women speak a remarkable 20,000 a day[1]. Not only do these stats confirm the common belief that women are the chatterboxes...

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Q&A: Getting to know Claire, our new queen of content

Journeying from sunny Sydney Harbour to the historical port of Bristol, Claire Wilson is the newest member of the Stratton Craig team. Claire emigrated six months ago with her family...

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Do you know what Martian means?

‘One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple’ - Jack Kerouac. I was once sitting an exam at university and I had to analyse a poem...

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New words for things that don’t have a name – but should

The publication of the first Roald Dahl dictionary, packed with evocative neologisms and onomatopoeic nonsense words, has got the Stratton Craig crew misty-eyed for times gone by. As writers it’s...

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The big bad world of copywriting, made good

When meeting people for the first time – be it at a networking event, a neighbour’s barbecue or down the local pub for post-work drinks – one of the first...

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Calling all experienced proofreaders…

If you have a passion for words and grammar that means you can't bear to think a mistake has gone unnoticed, we need you. We're looking to expand our team...

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The definition of Christmas

Rudolph Santa’s famous red-nosed helper, Rudolph the reindeer has always been portrayed as somewhat of an outcast. His name however, actually means ‘famous wolf’ and would have been an epithet given...

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The 12 Copywriting Days of Christmas

On the 1st day of Christmas, a writer sent to me: a rightly placed apostrophe. On the 2nd day of Christmas, a writer sent to me: 2 final drafts and a...

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