Homonyms and Confused Words. Address misused homonyms and check commonly confused words. Keep a list of homonyms, like their, there, and they’re, or to, too, and two. WordRake can help you find the right word in commonly confused word pairs, like hone/home, less/fewer, and anxious/eager.
Synonyms, Spelling Variations, and Similar Words. Check for consistent use of a single similar word or variation, including near synonyms, such as “lawyer” and “attorney,” “contract” and “agreement.” Correct misspellings in terms of art; and correct misuse of properly spelled words, such as “statue” for “statute.”
5. Style Guidance
Italicization. Check for proper use of italics according to Black’s Law Dictionary, The Bluebook, and The Redbook.
Formatting. Enforce formatting and style rules from The Bluebook; The Redbook; and Black’s Law Dictionary. Headings, bullets, defined terms, indents, and footnotes should all be consistent.
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About the Author
Ivy B. Grey is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for WordRake. Prior to joining the team, she practiced bankruptcy law for ten years. In 2020, Ivy was recognized as an Influential Woman in Legal Tech by ILTA. She has also been recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree and included in the Women of Legal Tech list by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Follow Ivy on Twitter @IvyBGrey or connect with her on LinkedIn.