Daily Archives: April 1, 2008

Odd words

Abacot: This word is said not to exist. Generations of reference books once included this term, including the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannia, dated 1771: “the name of an ancient cap of state worn by the kings of England, … Continue reading

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Silly sign #7

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Leading by example: Write good

1.  Always avoid alliteration. 2.  Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. 3.  Avoid cliches like the plague—they’re old hat. 4.  Employ the vernacular. 5.  Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. 6.  Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary. 7.  Parenthetical … Continue reading

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Random Facts 4

Did you know that the moon is moving away from Earth? Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. People spend about two weeks of their lives at traffic lights! Fewer than half of the 16,200 major league baseball players have … Continue reading

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For improved writing, think visually

When writing, think visually To be engaging as a writer, continually ask yourself —  can my readers visualize what I am trying to communicate. The journalist’s maxim: Show, don’t tell will take you a long way to accomplish effective writing. Consider the … Continue reading

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