Tag Archives: writing

Overused Words & Conciseness

During the summer, I have had several opportunities to read publications on a variety of topics: film archives, shyness, music—the list goes on. I also listened to several breaking news headlines on television. As I was reading and listening, I couldn’t help but ask myself why authors and spokespeople loved long-winded, overused words and structures […]

Montreal’s Subway Stations & Articles, Prepositions

Recently, the Société de transport de Montréal, Montreal’s transit commission (STM), announced name changes of some subway stations. According to the STM, these changes ensure consistency with subway station names and their corresponding thoroughfares. For instance, instead of Acadie Parc L’Assomption the STM will now rename these stations as De L’Acadie Du Parc De L’Assomption […]

Bilingualism and Multilingualism: Job Postings

A recent job posting listed the following skill sets*: • 10 ans d’expérience pertinente en transport comme gestionnaire; • Baccalauréat en transport et logistique ou expérience pertinente; • Bonne connaissance d’un milieu syndiqué; • Capacité de travailler avec des délais très courts ; • Habileté à gérer plusieurs projets simultanément ; • Bonne connaissance de […]

Language Services: More than Translation!

I am often asked what I do for a living. I tell people that I am a self-employed worker in the language services industry. At the sound of that answer, some become perplexed; I must therefore specify: “I am a freelance writer, translator, and editor.” But it seems that many ignore the writer and editor […]

Mind Your “It’ses” and “Itses,” Please!

In fall 2011, I took a writing techniques class at Montreal’s McGill University. I remember receiving and reading a list of rules for writers and writing techniques. One of the rules read as follows: “Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.” The rules were meant to be humorous […]

Because, Owing, Due to…

I have taken a leaf from André Racicot and have decided to consecrate this blog entry to a specific English grammar concept. Since I have recently been fascinated by the use of because, owing to, and due to in English writing, I thought about writing something on the subject. How many times have you seen […]

Some Good Reads!

This past week, I came across some texts related to translation, writing, editing, and interpreting. Here they are below: La Perluète | Ampersand published by the Editors’ Association of Canada’s Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch. As the title of the newsletter illustrates, you may read texts in either official language of your choice. Read about grammar, events, […]