Author Archives: michaelmussman1

This Is What Writing Looks Like

Readers have asked me to demonstrate how I write and edit. So I’m starting a new series where I take examples of really bad business writing and point out some flaws. Then I’ll show a new, revised version that communicates … Continue reading

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Invent New Words, Seriously

I’m glad to see Andrew Kaufman agree with me in the Guardian. Yes, we absolutely need to invent new words when naming things, especially because most of the good ones have already been sucked up by big corporations. Kaufman writes: … Continue reading

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Against High-Tech Jargon

Wendy Marx writes a funny attack on acronyms and business jargon, especially the kind you find in the tech industry. Money quote: There is also the mystique of jargon and highfalutin’ language. Creating your own nomenclature and acronymns like DSPs, … Continue reading

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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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