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Reason for being: To tell stories and help writers and others with a message to put their best word forward.

Ridiculous Redundancies?

Redundancies do have their place. To emphasize something important in display advertising/marketing In jargon among legal professionals As a comedic device In written dialogue In storytelling The key is to know your audience. When writing for business and for academic … Continue reading

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A note on using pronouns ending in …self

These words should be used only when the noun or pronoun was referenced previously in your text. Continue reading

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Design Your Message for Best Results

Part of getting your message across to your audience successfully is designing your communication. Just as in the products that catch our eye, the visual appearance is just as important as the content. It may make or break your effort … Continue reading

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Five Activities to Improve Your Happiness

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word salad

Merriam Webster’s official definition: a string of empty, incoherent, unintelligible, or nonsensical words or comment. Addendum to definition: A speech given by President Donald J. Trump.    

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Expletive! Expletive! Do Not Delete!

  Bet you thought that an expletive was just a profane word! Well, it became better-known as such a few decades ago, during the Watergate scandal. President Richard M. Nixon’s audiotape recordings included a lot of profanity, which had to … Continue reading

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Wrestling with “off of” and “off”

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