Word Confusion: Copy Right vs Copyright vs Copywriter

Posted August 25, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Geez, I hope I copy this right!

These word confusions are a type of copywriting, and I sure do want copy it right. And by putting it in a visual format — online — it’s automatically copyrighted.

Be aware that there is no such verb as copywrite. There are only nouns: copywriter and copywriting.

Did you know these three words are heterographic homophones? Yeah, say that five times fast, lol.

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.

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Copy Right Copyright Copywrite
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com


“Children and Family Services” is Chspf’s own work and is under [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL] license, via Wikimedia Commons

It looks like they’re copying it right.

Copyright symbol

“Blue Copyright” is Wylve’s own work and is in the public domain, via via Wikimedia Commons

Types of copywriting include SEO, headlines, slognas, calls-to-action, landing pages, branding, taglines, deadline, ad copy, marketing campaign, above the fold, hooks, keywords, click-through rates,and  auto responders.

The type of copy that copywriters write includes…

Part of Grammar:
Verb Phrase Adjective; Noun; Verb, transitive

Plural for the noun and third person present verb: copyrights
Past tense or past participle: copyrighted
Gerund or present participle: copyrighting

To copy correctly Adjective:
Protected by copyright

  • Permission to reproduce photographs and other copyright material

The exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same

  • A particular literary, artistic, or musical work that is covered by copyright

Verb, transitive:
Get a copyright for original work

To place under a copyright

A person who writes the words that promote a person, business, opinion, or idea

  • A person employed to write advertising copy
Did I copy this right?

If you don’t copy this right, you’ll have to do it over again.

This copy is right.

Do you have that copyright agreement?

The copyright laws are clear.

This is copyright material. We can’t use it.

He issued a writ for breach of copyright.

They were works whose copyrights had lapsed.

Many artists put a copyright on their art.

Most of the images you find on the Internet have a copyright.

Verb, transitive:
Copyright your book with the Library of Congress.

Janet copyrighted all her artwork.

A copywriter writes copy. They don’t copywrite.

The job of a copywriter is to write material that persuades people to buy a product or believe the marketing hype.

Copywriters mostly work in advertising, marketing, or public relations.

A copywriter may write press releases.

The art of writing copy is done by copywriters.

Yep, copywriters have copyeditors.

Adjective: copyrightable, uncopyrighted
Noun: copyrighter
Noun: copywriting
History of the Word:
1725-35 copy + right 1910-15 copy + writer

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C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?

Pinterest Photo Credits

The majority of the images came from a post by Lindsay Kolowich, “22 Companies With Really Catchy Slogans & Brand Taglines at HubSpot. “Eat Mor Chiken” is a Chick-Fil-A ad that has always made me laugh while “Coke is It” is my brand, baby. I love my Coca-Cola!!