In Business Writing, Make Sure You Keep It Simple…

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Something I notice on a regular basis when I read business letters, memos, reports, and other such documents is the use of unnecessary words to over-describe a situation or condition. These are known as redundant or superfluous words. It’s very easy to get into this bad habit when writing. I ...

Be Very Careful How You Post Online

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

These days, with social media becoming a part of our everyday lives it is increasingly important how you present yourself in writing in the online world. Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram and other such social media platforms have become an important part of the way many of us communicate on a ...

Words Commonly Confused and/or Misused (2)

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

A few months ago I posted the first in a series of articles I have written about words that are often used incorrectly. That was an extension and expansion of a similar series I had done about three years before that. This current post is the second in my latest ...

Words Commonly Confused and/or Misused (1)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

A couple of years ago I posted a series of articles about words that are often used incorrectly. This is the beginning of another multi-part series on a similar subject but with even more confused and/or misused words than before. I’m starting the list of words in alphabetical order and ...

Common Irregular Verbs (5)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

This is the final post in my series about the proper use of common irregular verbs in English. The previous post I did on this subject was back in March of this year. To find the others, just enter the term “irregular verbs” into the Search Box which is located ...

The Most Misused Words…

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Over the years I have written a number of blog posts lamenting the poor English usage that I see and hear all around me every day. Yes, the language is alive and constantly growing and evolving, so I do try to let a lot of things go. I do understand ...

Common Irregular Verbs (4)

Monday, March 30th, 2015

In March, August and November of last year I published the first three installments of my mini-series on the use and abuse of irregular verbs in English. Here’s the fourth and second last installment: The English language is famous (or infamous!) for its many irregular verbs. For irregular verbs, most ...

Common Irregular Verbs (2)

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

A few months ago I started this little mini-series on the use and abuse of irregular verbs in English. Here’s the second installment: The English language is famous (or infamous!) for its many irregular verbs. For irregular verbs, most dictionaries list all of the irregular forms along with the base ...

Common Irregular Verbs (1)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The English language is famous (or infamous!) for its many irregular verbs. For irregular verbs, most dictionaries list all of the irregular forms along with the base form of the verb. If you aren’t sure whether a verb is regular or irregular, and the dictionary only lists the base ...