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Clear Concise Compelling


Author’s note

How I wish this page didn’t exist. To my proofreaders (paid and unpaid), I thank you that there are not more errors in this very demanding text, and I take full responsibility for the few that crept through (and particularly the ‘clanger’ I added at the last minute).

To anyone out there who has found an error that isn’t listed here, please do notify us. The same goes for queries or suggested improvements.

Needless to say, these six errors will be corrected in the next edition of the book.

Simon Hertnon

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14...by wisely choosing which words you choose....by wisely choosing your words.How awful — and ironic! A last-minute change for the worse.
29PUNCTATIONPUNCTUATIONThis misspelling made it past everyone and, we later discovered, had actually gone unnoticed in the original seminar booklet for years. If you're wondering about the spell-checker, it turns out that punctation is a word ('the marking or indentation of a puncture').
43In turn, the en-dash's functions (as listed overleaf) are carried out by the hyphen.[Delete]Somehow I managed to get my en-dashes and hyphens muddled in relation to British versus American English. They are distinct in both variants and this sentence should be deleted.
44(the hyphen in British English)[Delete]As above, this parenthetical phrase is wrong so put a line through it.
Bibliography19791997Incorrect publication date of the Painless Grammar book.
About the authorVictory University of WellingtonVictoria University of WellingtonUnnoticed till 2011! Not a bad substitute though — Victory!