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Thank-you Note Writing: Make a List and Check It Once

Since January 1, we have used this blog space for discussing gratitude and the act of writing regular thank-you notes. Several of you have joined our community in the challenge of writing one thank-you note a day. I hope it is going well for you, and I want to pass along a simple idea a reader shared last week: Read more

One Powerful New Year’s Writing Aspiration

For the past few days, I’ve heard a lot of voices saying, “I’m not really into new year’s resolutions” or “I’m not really a goal-setting person” or “I don’t make resolutions because they never last.” I guess I understand where they are coming from, but I’m the opposite. Read more

A Blooper in the Society Pages: “Couple”

In recent weeks, several readers have brought up one of my most cringe-worthy grammar peeves: using the incorrect subject-verb agreement with couple. Read more

7 Wasted Words to Wash From Your Vocabulary

Last week’s post about purging the word particular spawned many discussions and questions regarding other wasted words. Connections and friends through LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter shared their own stories of worthless words.  Read more

Wacky Word Question: Is He Moving Backward or Backwards?

Keep the “wacky words” coming! Thanks to all of you who have been commenting and adding to our wacky-word conversation these past few months. Please continue to post your questions and share your examples. This week’s word choice winner is backward/backwards. Read more

Are You Sprinting “Toward” the End Zone or “Towards” the End Zone

Keep the “wacky words” coming! Thanks to all of you who have been commenting and adding to our wacky-word conversation these past few weeks. Please continue to post your grammar, speaking, and punctuation questions and share your examples. This week’s winner is toward/towards. Read more

Bursting into Flames with This Week’s Wacky Word

Keep the “wacky words” coming! Thanks to all of you who have been commenting and adding to our wacky-word conversation these past few weeks. Please continue to post your questions and share your examples. This week’s winner is inflammable. Read more

Purge this Wacky Word from Your Vocabulary

Thanks to all of you who have been commenting and adding to our wacky-word conversation these past few weeks. Please continue to post your questions and share your examples. Meanwhile, get ready to purge this week’s wacky word from your vocabulary. See if you can spot the culprit in these sentences: Read more

Wacky Word Choice: Only Cakes Get Done

Following virtual training sessions on Write It So They Read It: Technical Writing for Non-Technical Employees or Proof It! How To Be a Better Proofreader, participants send me questions about grammar and writing and punctuation they encounter at work. I’m reaching inside the figurative mailbag to answer questions from readers. Please tag me with your pesky punctuation or confusing word choice question, and I’ll be sure to answer. Read more

Are You Accidentally “Verbing”?

Following virtual training sessions on Write It So They Read It: Technical Writing for Non-Technical Employees or Proof It! How To Be a Better Proofreader, participants send me questions about grammar and writing and punctuation they encounter at work. For the next three weeks, I’m reaching inside the figurative mailbag to answer questions from readers. Please tag me with your pesky punctuation or confusing word choice question, and I’ll be sure to answer. Read more