Tag: word choice

Dec 25

Six PR Skills in Short Supply – Sunday Christmas Coffee Contemplations

The end of the year is customarily a time for reflection on the past and prognostications for the future. This past week, PR maven (such an inadequate and overused word for someone who’s so much more) Gini Dietrich posted a list of six skills that every PR pro needs in this digital world on her …

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Sep 18

What Makes Good Grammar – Sunday Coffee Coffee Contemplations

Watching Hugh Laurie on CBS Sunday Morning the day after grading papers, it suddenly struck me how grammatically correct his speech is, which is not normally the case. Written English and spoken English are usually very distinctly different, especially when you are dealing with American English instead of the Queen’s own. So what about Hugh …

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Sep 11

9/11 Memories: Sunday Coffee Contemplations

Sitting here with my morning coffee, watching the ABC broadcast of the 9/11 Memorial, they played a clip of the late Peter Jennings saying, after the second tower collapsed, “It’s hard to put it into words; and maybe one doesn’t need to.” Sometimes the silence is the most appropriate word. Our thoughts and prayers for …

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Mar 27

Coffee Contemplations – Are You Offended by the Term “Flack”?

Are you offended by being called a flack? I’m genuinely curious, and want to write a post about it. I know my own opinion, but I’m curious about yours. So for the inaugural Sunday Morning Caffeine Contemplations, in which I ponder the weighty issues of the PR world while working my way through my second …

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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 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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