Archive | General rants

Contractions really aren’t painful

One of the biggest misconceptions about writing involves those handy word combinations we call contractions. You’re familiar: cannot becomes can’t, will not shortens to won’t, and so forth. When professional writers insert those contractions into their work, clients are often confused. Some doubt the competence of the writer they’ve hired or assume that the writer […]

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Are you after fame or notoriety?

Many words have been misused so often that their meanings have started to blur – and writers who should know better start using the wrong words in the wrong places. A recent national magazine article reported that a particular musician had earned his notoriety by producing a couple albums. In this case, “notoriety” was the […]

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It’s okay to repeat yourself and repeat yourself

Many companies and organizations seem to have a paranoia about repetition. Once they mention something in an email newsletter, a blog, or on a website, they don’t think they should mention it again. If someone suggests a repeat discussion of that topic, they’ll reject it outright, adding “we promoted that already” or “we already told […]

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With bad news, be bold

At times, businesses have to deliver bad news to customers and other stakeholders. In most cases, the best way to do it is just get it done, and move on. A solid business relationship will nearly always withstand one instance of bad news. Some time back, a service provider with whom I’ve worked for years […]

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