Top 5 Reference Books for Editors

As one of Lexcode Inc.’s editors, I proofread, copy edit, or even rewrite documents written in English—academic, corporate, legal, medical, promotional, and scientific files, just to name a few. As such, I have come to familiarize myself with different reference books that help me in my daily mission to effectively deliver high-quality documents. Among the […]

When Words Stop to Mean What You Think They Mean

When something is cool, you think it’s hip, modern, or in. But did you know that this word originally meant “a measure of butter amounting to about 40 lb.” or a “butter container”? Welcome to the confusing world of words! Through usage, words change their meaning over time, often morphing into something that one would […]

10 Sites to Answer Your Grammar Questions

Should I use is or are? Between or among? No matter how complicated, or even basic, these questions may be, chances are other people have wondered and Googled the same thing. Thankfully, there are tons of information out there, but beware. You shouldn’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Some are good—even excellent—but others […]

5 English Words and Phrases Used Differently in the Philippines

The Philippines is known to have been colonized by a number of countries—Spain, United States, and Japan. As such, the Filipino culture has been greatly influenced by the cultures of these countries—from religion to customs, food, clothing, and more. Due to many foreign influences, no wonder that even the language of the Filipinos has evolved […]

5 Seemingly Interchangeable Words But Are Really Not

Just as how confusing your toothbrush with that of someone else is probably the most embarrassing blunder you can make, mistaking one word for another is something you and your audience will not forget anytime soon—albeit less disgusting. Here are five things that people often get wrong but, sadly, they don’t even notice. Everyday vs. […]

George Orwell’s Six Rules of Effective Writing

Haste makes waste—this adage also applies to writing. When writing, particularly when trying to meet a deadline, we often forget some basic rules. This can lead to written content filled with sentences that don’t make sense; ineffective use of language can lead to misunderstandings and even distorted ideas. If you want people to understand what […]

Different Strokes for Different Folks

As editors, we come across many different types of writing ranging from those of technical sectors to personal memorandums or letters. The most difficult and important aspect of the editing process is revising the writer’s or translator’s work by taking into account the intended readers. The tone and style of language, as well as terminology, […]

6 Filipino Words that Don’t Have Direct English Translations

As an employee of Lexcode Inc., an ISO-certified language translation and interpretation company, I can’t help but be fascinated by how words translate from one language to another. Moreover, having graduated with a degree in English Studies, I’ve become particularly interested on how words translate to English. They say that, for every culture, more words […]

5 Things to Remember for Your Content Style Guide

Having a style guide is no longer limited to publishing companies. From the renowned New Yor Times to the even more prominent McDonald’s, style guides were made for a semblance of order. It can focus on many things, such as brand identity or content creation, but their ultimate goal is to ensure that everything is […]