Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initialisms – Revealing the True Meaning
Shortened forms of words and phrases abound in our language: contractions, abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms. When the abridged form is spoken, most people understand what is meant, so much so that many acronyms have become recognised words in their own right (eg, Qantas, laser, scuba, to identify just a few). However, when it comes to
UK or US Spelling – not all words should be “Briticised”
There are well-known differences between spelling in the US and UK/Australia – and there are some counties that try to confuse everyone by doing a combination of the two. In Australia, most people are aware of the -ize/-ise differences. And the “missing vowels”: -or/-our, ter-tre, e/ae, o/oe. Medical jargon is rife with them. Yet, these
Transcription – one of the oldest professions
Transcriptionists may not be the oldest profession in the world but we can still trace our roots back millennia. While the techniques and tools may have changed the basis of what we do remains the same.  Transcription is the process of converting expressed language (spoken or sign) into written form. There are records of scribes
Punctuation – helping make sense of the written world
Happy Punctuation Day! I love punctuation. It helps make sense of the written world around us.  Let’s face it, English is not one of the easiest languages to wrap your head around – there are 1000s of rules, and for each rule there’s an exception (or 12).  And without punctuation the task of accurately communicating

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Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initialisms – Revealing the True Meaning
Shortened forms of words and phrases abound in our language: contractions, abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms. When the abridged form is spoken, most people understand what is meant, so much so that many acronyms have become recognised words in their own right (eg, Qantas, laser, scuba, to identify just a few). However, when it comes to

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