Introduction

The Phrase It Right toolkit can be used in technical writing. Technical collocations are made up of:

  • jargon,
  • newly coined terms, and
  • words with new definitions.

For example, in an IT context, several fixed expressions are strong collocations, where the existence of one word (e.g. swapping) will almost guarantee the presences of another collocate (e.g. hot).

The Phrase It Right toolkit can be used to find these strong collocations and ensure that you are using the correct fixed expression. The toolkit can be used to find collocations that are less common but are strongly associated items (for example, arms akimbo, bated breath).