A professor I work with at NYU asked me about i.e., etc., and e.g. and when to use which. First, to make it easier to remember which one means what, here’s what they mean: i.e. – that is (stands for id est from Latin). You can also use it to substitute, “in other words.” etc. … Read more
Need quick content about your business that sounds like you took your time to craft? Let the Corporate Gibberish Generator do the work for you. Al you have to do is enter your company name and click “Generate.” Ta da! Look at this amazing paragraph it created within seconds (before you read it, double up … Read more
Sometimes I’ve felt like an idiot while reading a report or article. I’d read it… then read it again and think, “I don’t get it. What was that about?” When this happens, take comfort knowing that it’s not you. It’s the author. Most of us have caught on to corporations’ bull. My favorite: When they … Read more
That guy is hot! That guy is cool! Hot and cool are opposites, yet they mean the same thing when talking about that guy. My Polish grandmother is going to polish her silverware. Amazing what a difference a capital P makes. The knight rides at night in the rain and gets pneumonia. Here we go … Read more
We encounter politics in our lives daily, and it’s not just the kind we see in Washington, DC. It’s handling delicate situations in just the right way with the right words and the right actions to avoid making it worse or more uncomfortable. It can be a simple case of the harried volunteer who can’t … Read more
I’m obviously a stickler for grammar and enjoy finding grammatical errors, typos, and other funny goofs with the English language as evidenced in the Gotchas (new design coming) and the series I’ve written for Webreference. Imagine my excitement when hearing about this runaway bestseller in which the author takes a “zero-tolerance approach to punctuation.” It … Read more
World’s Longest Palindrome? and there’s a word (OK, so it’s not in dictionary.com) that means “fear of palindromes,” look at it — the word is a palindrome itself.