Kill the Jargon! 9 Words to Stop Using Now, and What to Say Instead

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Nothing kills the mood quite like business jargon. Those are the corporate-y sounding words that seem to exist because people think it makes them seem like a Serious Business Professional (For Real, Seriously) when using them. After all, only a Serious Business Professional (For Real, Seriously) would use the word “leverage” multiple times a day, … [Read more…]

Hear, Here! Homophones Are Hard

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Last month I wrote about how to proofread your own work. I’d like to add one more piece of advice: Do not rely on your computer’s spell check program to proofread for you. These programs are great, but they don’t catch every mistake. Pay particular attention to homophones – words that sound the same but … [Read more…]

End Apostrophe Abuse Now!

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Apostrophes are by far the most abused punctuation mark, but you don’t have to be one of the abusers. I’ll show you how to master the apostrophe in fewer than 300 words. Use Apostrophes to Show Possession… For most singular nouns, add an apostrophe and then an s: John’s car Rover’s toy For singular nouns … [Read more…]

Make Your Writing More Readable

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Want to improve your writing? Improving the readability of your text is a good place to start. When you focus on how readable your writing is, you’re really thinking about your reader. If your prose is easy to read, your reader is more likely to stick around and read it. (Which means that if you’re … [Read more…]

“Everyday” vs. “every day”

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Is it “everyday” or “every day”? “Sometimes” or “some times”? “Maybe” or “may be”? It can be hard to know which is right. Here’s a brief guide to choosing the right one. Everyday versus Every day Everyday means commonplace, normal, or regular. Use if: you can replace “everyday” with “normal” in your sentence and it … [Read more…]

Use Quotation Marks “Correctly”

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It’s “No” Problem! For such a common punctuation mark, the quotation mark is responsible for many, many mistakes. Some of them are confusing. Some of them are funny. But we encounter them on a daily basis, so it’s time to learn how to use them correctly! Here are three correct ways to use quotation marks, … [Read more…]