by Barbara McNichol
As a life-long editor who’s had a professional editing service for 23+ years, I frequently trip over embarrassing writing mistakes —e.g., “except” instead of “accept” or “complement” instead of “compliment” and hundreds more.
English is a tricky language!! The question I’ve asked for eons is “How can I help people avoid embarrassment and quickly find the correct word?”
Years ago, I coined the Word Trippers model as a way to quickly distinguish between tricky words. Here’s an example:
Affirm, confirm – “Affirm” means to declare positively or firmly, to assert as true or factual, while “confirm” means to verify, make firmer, strengthen, support or establish validity. “Working on the campaign helped confirm my intention to go into politics,” he affirmed in his announcement speech.
Then I just couldn’t stop! After creating an extensive resource featuring 390+ common Word Trippers, I sent out Word Tripper of the Week for 3+ years, and I featured Word Trippers in my WordShops.
Then it dawned on me. I could combine Word Tripper of the Week with top techniques to help people avoid writing mistakes through an innovative subscription resource: Word Trippers Tips. At its first-year anniversary, I’m celebrating with a half-price Sizzling Summer Special for:
- Business professionals
- VAs and admin assistants
- English language learners
- Authors, bloggers, speakers
- High school and college students
- Grant writers, court reporters, journalists
For individuals in these groups, Word Trippers Tips:
- Helps avoid writing mistakes that create chaos
- Establishes you as a credible communicator
- Assists in learning English quickly and easily
- Boosts your confidence in knowing the correct words
“Word Trippers Tips saves me a lot of research time because it gives me a quick reference instead of going to Google. I save every Word Tripper of the Week so when my boss or co-workers disagree on how to use a word, Word Trippers becomes the referee. All of us live on email. If someone sends me one that’s sloppily written, it’s like saying, ‘I don’t have time for you.’ I want to be sure I write clearly and accurately. Word Trippers Tips is perfect for me!” – Susan Powell, Team Lead, Ratner Companies