Monthly Archives: February 2013

What’s Your Favorite Neologism?

Longtime followers know how I love to harp on about inventing new words. Now here’s Bill Morris, writing in the Millions about “The Debased Art of Coining Words.” It’s a must read. Money quote: Synergy – The repurposing of a fine … Continue reading

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Read This: How to Choose Words to Distinguish Yourself

Read this short article in FastCompany by Nacie Carson. It’s about finding the best words to describe ourselves, and choosing words to distinguish yourself from the rest. Money quote: Start with a statement about yourself as a professional using one … Continue reading

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Contest: Name My Next Book!

At first, I meant for WRITE LIKE A MAN to target, well, men. Because let’s face it, when it comes to expressing themselves in writing, a lot of guys need a lot of help. And almost all the language mavens … Continue reading

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The Defensive Voice

In a must-read post for Oxford University Press, Peter Elbow explores the difference between writing and speech. Money quote: When we academics were in graduate school, we were trained to write badly (no one put it this way of course) … Continue reading

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What’s Worse Than Passive Voice

The terms “active” and “passive” can be confusing. They describe not only the syntax but also how they feel. We call a sentence passive if it feels flat, regardless of whether its verb is in the passive or active voice. … Continue reading

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How to Stop Shoplifters (and other notes on writing)

How many times have you walked into a shop and seen this sign: Shoplifters will be prosecuted. Really? By whom? Invisible lawyers, hiding in the walls? No wonder shoplifters ignore these warnings. What if every retail store put up a … Continue reading

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Break These Rules!

Do what you can, right now, to break these rules: Don’t start a sentence with and or but Don’t begin a sentence with because. Never end a sentence with a preposition. Write, “To whom do you speak?” not “Who are … Continue reading

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