A very Victorian guide to letter writing

Writing letters is becoming a lost art. But, in an era of “Zoom fatigue”  and “doomscrolling”, receiving correspondence away from the screen can be a real delight. Why not learn from those who did it best? 

17 February 2021 by Laura Kelly

The science of swearing

Why do we swear? We’ll outline some of the science behind swearing. Read until the end to find out how cursing could actually be good for you.

5 February 2021 by Laura Kelly

Forgotten festive English words we need to use this season

As a gift to our fellow word nerds, we’ve compiled some amazing and little-known festive English words. 

16 December 2020 by Laura Kelly

Readable grammar 101: semicolons

The semicolon is a commonly misunderstood punctuation mark. Find out its purpose, appropriateness and how to best use it.  

8 September 2020 by Laura Kelly

Readable grammar 101: That VS Which

Confusing the words ‘that’ and ‘which’ is a common grammar mistake. This is because they can both be used as relative pronouns. Find out how to use both.

2 April 2020 by Laura Kelly

New entries in the OED: March 2020

What are the latest entries to the OED in March 2020, and what do they mean? How do words get into the OED? 

26 March 2020 by Laura Kelly

Readable grammar 101: A valentine edition

Where does the apostrophe go, anyway? Does bad grammar make for unsuccessful dating? Why February 14th? And more from us to you this Valentine’s Day...

13 February 2020 by Laura Kelly

Readable grammar 101 – writing in the second person

What does it mean to write in the second person? What effect can it have on your writing? We'll help you use it to your advantage.

30 January 2020 by Laura Kelly

5 Shakespearean words we should use more often

You might be surprised about how many everyday words and phrases come from Shakespeare. But what about the less common words?

3 December 2019 by Laura Kelly

How to write a thank-you note

We might think we know how to give thanks. But, in this festive season, it’s important to brush up on our skills to show appreciation for the people in our lives. Here are some musts in a thank-you letter.

27 November 2019 by Laura Kelly

5 grammar “rules” which aren’t real

Many well-known grammar rules stem from outdated advice. What are some of these unreasonable guidelines and why are they no longer necessary? 

7 November 2019 by Laura Kelly

Are you using the active voice in your content?

What is the active voice, and how can Readable’s passive voice detector help you maintain it?

31 May 2019 by Laura Kelly