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ideologue Link to this term
idiosyncrasy Link to this term
ie Link to this term

that is ... no punctuation

ill-gotten gains Link to this term
illicit Link to this term

is unlawful ... elicit is to draw out

illusive, elusive Link to this term

illusive, or illusory, describes something that causes an illusion or a deception. Elusive describes something that is hard to catch hold of.

imminent Link to this term

'...after Cate Blanchett's imminent departure at the end of next year...' Macquarie says 'imminent' means likely to occur at any moment, impending; so a highly publicised departure planned for a definite time, especially when it's a year away, cannot really be described as imminent.

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immune to Link to this term

not from ... you build up an immunity to something

impinge, inpinging Link to this term
implications Link to this term

that has implications for the future health of the planet (not about)

impostor Link to this term
impracticable Link to this term

can't be done, impossible

impractical Link to this term

could be done, but not easily right now

in extremis Link to this term
in fact Link to this term

two words, as are all right and thank you

in-laws Link to this term

father-in-law, fathers-in-law, and so on

include in Link to this term

'Should the Paralympics be included in the Olympics...' not 'included into'

indenting a quotation (blockquote) Link to this term

a quotation longer than a few lines is usually indented and set off from the main body of text. It's set in roman type with no surrounding quotes (inverted commas).

Indigenous Link to this term

capitalise for Australian Aborigines, lower case for original inhabitants elsewhere

Indispensable Link to this term
Infer Link to this term

to deduce something ... imply is to hint at something

inflammable, flammable Link to this term

mean the same thing—not fireproof. Something that is fireproof is non-flammable

infringe, infringing Link to this term
ingrained Link to this term

'Surfing is ingrained in our national consciousness...' not ingrained on. The writer here may have been thinking of 'imprinted on'...

innate Link to this term
innoculate Link to this term
innovation Link to this term

please don't write 'new innovation'. To innovate is to introduce something new, so the newness is inherent and doesn't need reinforcing. 'New innovation' is a tautology.

inquiry Link to this term

normally used to describe a formal investigation ... enquiry is normally used to describe the act of seeking information, as in 'enquire here'.

install, installation, instalment Link to this term

instalment in Australia, installment in the USA

insure Link to this term

against risk ... assure your life ... ensure means to make sure.

integrate Link to this term

integrate with, introduce to

internet Link to this term
interred, interned Link to this term

interred means deposited in a grave ... interned means held (as a prisoner of war, for instance)

into or in to Link to this term

one word except where 'in' and 'to' belong to separate phrases, as in 'sworn in to the presidency' or 'I walked in to work'. Into is being used more and more often where 'in' by itself is enough. For instance, 'enter a film into the festival.' is too thrusting by far. All that's needed is enter a film in the festival.

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Inuit (plural) Inuk (singular) Link to this term

in Greenland and Canada

inverted commas Link to this term

also called quotation marks, or quote marks. Our house style is to use single quotation marks everywhere except for quotes within quotes.

investigation Link to this term

carry out an investigation into or of something, then report on your findings.

iPad Link to this term

small i, capital P, no space, no hyphen.

iPhone Link to this term

needs its capital P

irascible Link to this term
iridescent, iridescence Link to this term
irrespective of Link to this term

regardless of ... not irregardless, there's no such word.

issues, avoidance of Link to this term

'exploring the issues of homelessness and mental illness' contains three unnecessary words.

it's Link to this term

is the contracted form of 'it is' ... its means 'belonging to it'

italics Link to this term

According to established publishing convention, we use italics for:

titles of
– books (but not books of the Bible) and periodicals (newspapers, magazines etc)
– plays and long poems
– operas, ballets, musicals, most types of musical composition including music theatre
– films, videos, and television and radio programs
– works of art including paintings, drawings, sculptures, conceptual and performance art
– names of ships, aircraft, trains and spaceships
– foreign words and phrases (except for adopted words like 'cafe')

When NOT to use italics or inverted commas
– band names
– organisation names
– festival names

 

 

iTunes Link to this term

small i, capital T, no space, no hyphen.

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