5 Things Angry Birds can Teach You About Writing English Well

writing english well with angry birdsUnless you’ve been lost on a desert island somewhere for the last 12 months, you can’t fail to have heard about Angry Birds, an animated game about disgruntled birds retaliating against malevolent egg-stealing pigs.

On face value, Angry Birds may seem like a complete and utter waste of time, albeit a fun one. However, if you pay close attention, you may find that you can actually learn something as you furiously battle to gain custody of those eggs.

After a great deal of research and analysis (i.e., hours spent playing every single version of Angry Birds that Rovio have to offer), I realized that these pig-bludgeoning birds and evil little livestock can actually teach us a great deal about writing English well.

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The 10 Commandments of Writing a Great Essay

Picture of a preacherYou’d better take a pew and listen very carefully.

I say onto you that I have visited the promised land of Exceptional Grades. As I was tempted to coast through the Valley of Scrape-By, a voice spake with me and bade me to listen, for he had knowledge to share.

The celestial power handed down these ten rules for writing a great essay and I present them to you, my brothers and sisters. Follow them all, or you shall perish in the hell of infernal bad grades (failing that, you can hire an essay editor!)

(No offense intended to the author of the original Ten Commandments.)

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10 of The Biggest Proofreading Screwups of All Time


Nothing is more embarrassing than a proofreading mistake. Despite the fact that everyone knows the importance of proofreading, some errors do slip through the net, leading to some very humorous situations. Here are some of the 10 best proofreading screwups of all time.

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5 Common Grammar Mistakes That Make Your Writing Suck

Box Reads: These is GoodToday is National Grammar Day in the USA and we thought we would celebrate the occasion by taking a quick look at some of the most common grammar mistakes that our editors and proofreaders come across. Think your grammar is perfect? Let’s start with a quick test.

Common Grammar Mistakes: Test

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Proofreading Joke: An Important Distinction

Thanks to James Garlick who sent in a really good joke about the importance of proofreading that he found on the Internet. We love it!

If only this guy had come across our editing and proofreading services.

In an ancient monastery, a new monk arrived to dedicate his life to subservient solitude and to join the others as they copied ancient records. The first thing he noticed was that the other monks were copying, by hand, books that had already been copied by hand.

The new monk had to speak up: “Forgive me, Brother Mark, but copying other copies by hand allows many chances for error. How do we know we aren’t copying someone else’s mistakes? Are they ever checked against the originals? Who is proofreading them?”

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One Great Example of Why You Should Never Upset an Editor

One editor at the Toronto Star took matters into his own hands last year when the newspaper announced that they would be outsourcing over 100 sub-editing, proofreading and editing jobs. Here was his response to the internal memo announcing the planned job cuts:

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