Category: Writing

Feb 01

A “They” by Any Other Name…

Their, they’re and there. Whom and whose. The Oxford comma. The singular “they” pronoun. To English language purists, them are fightin’ words! The Guardians of Grammar will fight to the death to protect the purity of the English language, and these are the battles at the forefront of the language wars. The singular they has …

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Oct 30

Why PR Can’t Write – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

There seems to be a universal complaint that young public relations professionals can’t write. At the 2011 Public Relations Society of America International Conference this month, I ended up in several discussions about the lack of good writers and how it’s a problem for the profession. There’s a very good reason for the lack of …

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Mar 23

(Un)Common Courtesy – Death of the Thank You Note

Anne Buchanan recently wrote a thought-provoking article , Why You Will Never Get Hired at Our PR Firm, that should be required reading for every job hunter out there. Several of the responses should also be required reading – particularly those on the doing the hiring. Anne’s blog post detailed the complete lack of manners …

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Mar 22

Lazy Language Drives Me Insane

I confess! Lazy language drives me insane! Why is it that people pick up on a word or phrase they hear someone – usually a celebrity or someone else in the news – and they repeat it ad naseum? It’s been how many years since the 1990 Persian Gulf War? And still the cringe-inducing phrase, …

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Mar 22

Damn the Dash

Gordon Bennet writes on Utne Reader about the overuse of the em-dash as an all too convenient punctuation mark, and condemns the neglect the simple pleasures of the semicolon. Is it neglect, or laziness, as he suggests? Or is the semicolon outdated and destined for oblivion? And who knew there were more than one kind of …

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Mar 21

How Do You Know What Words to Use?

“How do you know what words to use?” An innocent question from a non-writer learning the ropes in public relations occupied much of my mind over the weekend. I jokingly refer to myself as a professional wordsmith, but this question left me at a loss. How to explain what I do instinctively, without thinking? How …

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