Category Archives: Use of words and phrases

Six common punctuation mistakes that drive us crazy

I couldn’t agree more with this Huffington Post piece.

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A 13-year-old talks straight about his mental illness

  This Story Corps conversation, recorded in Boise, Idaho between Liza Long and her 13-year-old son she calls Michael, which is not his real name, is nothing short of extraordinary for its frankness. Most anyone who isn’t in this situation … Continue reading

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How true: What Our Words Tell Us

This David Brooks column in the New York Times tells of a fascinating study about the words we use and what that says about our culture and society. Across the page is a column noting that 50 million Americans live … Continue reading

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Freedom from clutter: Follow William Zinsser’s advice

Glad to see one of my heroes is still kicking. At age 90, William Zinsser, author of “On Writing Well,” is blind but still helping writers avoid clutter. He is featured in the New York Times. The book is a … Continue reading

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Few could deny this is powerful and authentic communication

What to say? It’s unimaginable that anyone would be put in this situation, but Francine Wheeler, whose six-year-old son, Ben, was murdered alongside 19 other children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., four months ago, offered a clear and powerful … Continue reading

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National Grammar Day

Language is something to celebrate, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it, say the folks who are sponsoring National Grammar Day. It’s not only a date, it’s an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, … Continue reading

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Ragan’s PR Daily: 15 common words that are (probably) made up

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you Ragan’s PR Daily for this reminder of some pesky “words” that continue to be in use. This piece offers a good reminder. Any of us can get sloppy. I had forgotten the … Continue reading

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Who ever heard of “crack of chicken?” Check out this amusing podcast

A Way with Words is one of my favorite podcasts these days. The lively hosts, who explore language through history, culture and family, are the Click and Clack of their genre for me. They’re knowledgeable and funny to boot. Where … Continue reading

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Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise

Learn to clarify and streamline your writing by using straightforward words and stronger nouns and verbs at this online seminar offered by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. 2 p.m. Eastern time, Dec. 13 Enroll now. Poynter is one of … Continue reading

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