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Lost credibility

Another reason to proofread before publishing:

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Grammar goodness

Since we’ll be discussing the 7Cs tonight, I thought it would be good to put up some links to help with completeness, conciseness, clarity, coherence, correctness and courtesy. Keep in mind that little details like correct grammar can go a long way in promoting and preserving your credibility!

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“nuke – you – lerr”

Here’s a fun article: 10 Words you Mispronounce That Make People Think You’re an Idiot. Here’s a few examples:

Incorrect pronunciation: nuke – you – lerr
Correct pronunciation: new – clee – err

Incorrect pronunciation: ex – cape / ex – presso / ex – set – err – uh
Correct pronunciation: ess – cape / ess – presso / ett – set – err – uh

Incorrect pronunciation: off – ten
Correct pronunciation: off – en

Any words you would add to the list?

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Banished words for 2012

Each year Lake Superior State University composes its “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.”  These are words that are overused in everyday conversations or in the media. Some of 2012’s banished words or phrases include:

  • amazing
  • occupy
  • thank you in advance
  • the new normal
  • ginormous

What do you think of this year’s list?  What words do you think should be/shouldn’t have been included?

Later in the term we’ll discuss why we should avoid using cliches and buzzwords in our professional communication.


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