Writing/Editing

Languages are living things that evolve over time, with new words created and old ones falling out of common use. Still, just because a lot of people use a word, or use it in a new way, doesn’t make it correct. Veteran copy editor and “word nerd” Tom Stern offers words and phrases to watch out for.
Plenty of people find themselves wondering if they’re using commas correctly, or worse, unknowingly using them incorrectly. No need to fear, though. “Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogarty has some grammar reminders to help you become more comma-savvy.
If you find yourself repeating the same words over and over when you take minutes, Executive Assistant Nickey Christmas, who blogs all things PA, EA and VA related on her Practically Perfect PA blog, offers a good list of verbs “that you can slot into the minutes as and when you need them.”
FYI, the CEO wants the HR and IT reports ASAP. We rely on thousands of acronyms and initialisms, and in many cases, one set of letters can have a wide variety of meanings. Here’s a test of some of the most common office terms.

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March 1, 2013 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

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Like it or not, people judge you by how you write. Strong writing skills will help you get noticed, earn your colleagues’ trust and move you up in your career, says author and writing coach Roger C. Parker. Five suggestions to help you improve your writing:
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Many among us battle vision impairment, dyslexia and other obstacles that affect reading comprehension. Writers can take simple steps to make their work more accessible to such readers, writes Erika Enigk.

Acronyms and abbreviations

December 11, 2012 Categorized in: Grammar Repair ShopWriting/Editing

Acronyms and abbreviations are a great way to tighten up your writing and save yourself some keystrokes, but they’re only clear to insiders who use them on a regular basis. Good writers are careful to follow these rules for using acronyms and abbreviations.
Air your disappointment with a product or service by writing a letter that lets you vent while making your points clearly and effectively.

Make your writing far more readable

November 20, 2012 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Is that a memo you’re typing or the Gettysburg Address? When documents look like one big block of text, it’s time to deploy formatting techniques to make your words more scannable and easier to digest.

Are double words allowed?

November 20, 2012 Categorized in: Grammar Repair ShopWriting/Editing

Microsoft Word’s grammar check alerts you when you repeat a word, but is repeating a word always wrong? Bonnie Trenga, author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, says no. Here are several examples to illustrate when it’s perfectly fine to repeat a word.
Use these four techniques to polish your image as an effective communicator.