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Mandolin or Mandoline?

Thank you to my husband Matthew for suggesting this one (he’s quite the fount of troublesome pairs, so watch out for more of his ones as we go through this new set of them), after he discovered himself that these two are in fact two different things.

So what’s the difference between a mandolin and a mandoline?

A mandolin is a musical instrument which is like a lute, with pairs of metal strings that are played using a plectrum.

A mandoline (which can also be spelled mandolin, hooray!) is that vegetable slicer thing (a flat body with adjustable slicing blades) that always looks like it will take your finger off.

“She was playing the mandolin, being careful not to hurt her fingers on the metal strings, while he cut vegetables using the mandoline, bring careful not to slice his fingers on the metal blades.”

You can find more troublesome pairs here and the index to them all so far is here.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2019 in Errors, Language use, Troublesome pairs, Writing

 

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Track changes – how do I get rid of the text box that appears when I hover over words in a Word document?

How do you get rid of document tooltips? How do you stop the little text boxes appearing when you hover over deleted or added words in Word. I had a query about this in a comment and thought that it warranted some screen shots and instructions.

What’s the problem here? What do you mean by these text boxes?

When you’ve worked with Track Changes enabled in Word, as well as showing you what your editor or collaborator has deleted or inserted into the text in red and with bubbles in the margin, you also get text boxes when you hover over the change. Here’s what that looks like:

Some people get annoyed by this, so here’s how to turn it off.

How do I turn off document tooltips aka those little text boxes that show me what I’ve deleted?

This process works for Word 2010 and later versions:

Click File on the far left of the tabs and then Options:

Once in Options, choose Display:

The Display dialogue box has an option to Show document tooltips on hover. Untick this by clicking in the square, then choose OK.

Now you won’t see those boxes in the document.

However, it does NOT turn off the useful tooltips in the rest of Word – so if you hover over any of the items on the Ribbon, you will still see the usual tooltips there.

If you’re using Word 2007, click the round button in the top left corner, choose Word Options at the very bottom of the dialogue box, then as above, select Display and untick Show document tooptips on hover.

Please note: these tips work for Microsoft Word version 2007 and upwards. They are not guaranteed or tested for Word for Mac.

Other track changes articles on this website

Track changes 1 – why use it, where can you find it, what can you do with it?

Track changes 2 – customising Track Changes

Track changes 3 – working with a document with tracked changes

How do I accept one reviewer’s changes?

Why are my tracked changes changing colour?

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2019 in Copyediting, proofreading, Skillset, Word

 

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Arc or arch?

When is an arc an arch? Is an arc ever in fact an arch?

An arc is first of all a curve that is made up of part of the circumference of a circle. So it has a particular form which may well be like that of an arch, but it’s always part of that circumference in this case. It can also be the electrical discharge that jumps from one point to another (so lightning forms an arc: not in this case a nice tidy bit out of a circumference) and finally we have the metaphorical use in a “story arc” in a fiction book, film, TV series or play (often across several episodes of a TV series) which traces the development of a plot or side plot. The verb to arc means to move with a curving trajectory, which could include arching over something.

An arch is a physical thing rather than a mathematical concept or a plot device (though you can have over-arching ideas that act as a sort of umbrella across a narrative or other story). So it’s a symmetrical curved (though that curve can be quite pointy) structure that supports a bridge, a wall, etc. It’s also the inner side of the foot, which is the same thing but in nature rather than constructed. The verb means to form an arch.

So an arc has a specific shape unless it doesn’t, and an arch is a physical thing unless it’s a metaphor. But you don’t have a story arch and most arches couldn’t be said to form part of a circumference of a circle.

You can find more troublesome pairs here, and here’s the index to them all!

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2019 in Troublesome pairs, Writing

 

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Small business chat update – Nicky Lloyd Greame

Small business chat update – Nicky Lloyd Greame

It’s a big 2019 welcome to Nicky Lloyd Greame from business coaches and mentors People and Potential, who we met first in July 2014. and caught up with in September 2015, September 2016. and January 2018. When I asked her then where she wanted to be now, she replied, “To be honest, similar to where I am now but with a more consistent client base. More training being delivered and more schools as clients. I just want to help more people, especially children.” How’s she getting on? Let’s see!

Hello again, Nicky, and thanks for sharing your progress with us again. So, are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?

In many ways yes, and in others no – but I find that when you work for yourself that’s often the way – there’s rarely a straight clear road to success and that’s part of the excitement!

What has changed and what has stayed the same?

The Stress Specialist as a brand is most definitely on the map now. I am doing much more corporate work in addition to 1:1 coaching and my business model has expanded more than I could even imagine. I have online courses (live coaching using FB lives), an active FB group, companies are using me as an ongoing resource rather than just to deliver training. Its amazing 🙂

What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?

How to harness the power of LinkedIn… this has made such a huge difference in my business this year. And I’ve also learned that I LOVE being on stage talking about mental health and stress and how everyone can help themselves just by learning a bit more. Its transformational.

Any more hints and tips for people?

Surround yourself with people who believe in you – I’ve been working with a business coach this year and along with my other coach and supporting friends and family – they have not only helped lift me but (and equally as important) they have been there to make sure I recognise and reward my successes.

And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?

For the first time ever I see the possibility of me needed to recruit to keep up with demand… and definitely much more speaking from the stage. The more people I can reach and share my positive message about mental health the better we all are.

What wonderful progress Nicky has made this year, and it’s interesting how she’s found LinkedIn helping her, as I personally ended up leaving the groups I was in on there as they descended into adverts and self-promotion with no real community and support. This shows it is still good for accessing corporate markets and it’s brilliant that Nicky’s been able to get her very important message in front of those companies.

Nicky@thestressspecialist.com | www.thestressspecialist.com | https://www.facebook.com/groups/stressspecialist

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2019 in Business, Small Business Chat

 

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