See global pandemic.
Hyphenated, and with capital E.
Sometimes confused. You can pedal a bicycle. Peddle means to try to sell [something, especially small goods] by going from place to place. Or, figuratively, to promote [an idea or view] persistently or widely. You can’t pedal an idea; you can only peddle it.
Sometimes confused. When you [take a] peek at something, that means you look at it, perhaps furtively. A peak is the top of a mountain, or the high point of something, or the part of a cap that keeps the sun out of your eyes.
A pensioner is a person who receives a pension, especially a retirement pension. Usually it’s older people; but some young people draw pensions and some old people don’t. Avoid using pensioner / pensioners to mean old person / people. Instead, say “older people” or “elderly people” or “over-70s” or whatever you actually mean.
Two words. In running text write the words per cent in preference to the percentage sign %.
See faze, phase.
In the sense of a software add-on, plugin is one word with no hyphen.
Not “poll position”.
Cap P, lower case I.
The Microsoft Office application has a capital P partway through. There is no plural form: you can’t say PowerPoints; instead, write PowerPoint slides or PowerPoint presentations or whatever.
Practice is the noun; practise is the verb.
- Effective local procurement practices can contribute to job creation.
- We practise what we preach.
You can take pride in something or you can pride yourself on it. You don’t pride yourself in a thing.
Commonly confused. Principal (adjective or noun) means main or first in importance; principle (noun) means the foundation of a belief or behaviour, or a standard of conduct.
- Honest reporting is a matter of principle.
- Integrity is our principal concern.
profit and loss
Not profit & loss.
Program refers only to a computer program in UK English. For a scheme or schedule it’s programme – unless the word Program forms part of a US-English proper noun, in which case we follow the US spelling.
Not hyphenated, even when used adjectivally.
Use the –er spelling rather than the –or spelling.
Proved is the past tense and past participle; proven is usually used only as an adjective.
- It’s a proven fact.
- She has proved her critics wrong.
These two words have overlapping meanings but they’re not fully interchangeable. You can do something purposely without necessarily doing it purposefully.
- Purposely means intentionally, or on purpose.
- Purposefully means in a way that shows determination or resolve, or with a useful purpose.