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In an Accountemps survey a few years back, senior executives pegged these as the most annoying or overused phrases or buzzwords in the workplace. How many of them are still pestering you?
It’s easy for mistakes to slip into your business writing when you use fancy-sounding phrases without really knowing what you’re saying. Here’s a list of 10 tricky words to use with care in your business writing.
With email being such a huge part of business communication, it’s essential to know how to write well. Forbes staff writer Susan Adams has gathered advice to help you improve the clarity of your writing.
Adopt these rules that professional writers and editors follow to make your reports and presentations more compelling and easy to read.
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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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.