Words Matter

Our usage of words and language appears to have changed. Conveying the essential point is what really matters. Business professionals will have readers who expect written correspondence to include the correct word use and adhere to standard writing conventions. This brings me to my word of the week there…their…and they’re. I realize there are those who are saying this is much too basic. Yet, I see misuses of this word enough to realize that a brief review is justified. So it can’t … [Read more...]

Are we talking about the same thing?

It's remarkable that we Americans communicate with each other as well as we do. Consider accents – Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, the South, Texas, the Midwest – many of us use the same words but say them with a unique enunciation or drawl. Add to this the fact that so many of our words sound alike, are spelled differently and don't have the same meaning (homophones). This blog will periodically provide examples of how easy it is to confuse readers when the wrong word is used. Which of the … [Read more...]

A terrific article on word usage

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/misused-words-make-smart-people-look-dumb-dr-travis-bradberry This article contained a hidden gem that is as important as the topic. While stressing the importance of word choice, Dr. Bradberry admits to personally falling into some word usage traps. However, what he does to avoid these missteps is to have someone carefully review and edit his work. Frequently, many of us may not take the time to carefully … [Read more...]