If you’ve been paying attention, you know that using long, complicated words is not the path to clear communication. But even if you’ve learned that lesson and practice it daily, you can still take it a step further.
Within many sentences in every type of writing are little words that just don’t need to be there. They don’t necessarily ruin what you’re trying to say, but your writing will be simpler and more to the point without them. (more…)
This month’s “vs.” selection deals with three words that are often confused, even though one of them refers to a number. If you listen to someone speak, you’ll notice that some version of this word is used incredibly often.
It’s usually used correctly when spoken, but writing it out causes some major headaches. It’s also a source of frustration for those reading your words who know which one to use. Let’s clear up the confusion right now, so you’ll never make the mistake again. (more…)
These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t been a victim of the autocorrect feature on their mobile device at least once. That thing seems to have a mind of its own. It often creates words that aren’t even words, or corrects your word to something that has no place in the sentence you’re trying to write.
The results can be embarrassing, unsettling or even downright scandalous. However, most of the time autocorrect mishaps just make it look like you are a poor speller or don’t know which word to use in a particular grammatical situation.
It’s becoming easier and easier to lay the blame at the feet of that stinking autocorrect, but the time has come for you to stop blaming autocorrect and take responsibility for your own writing. (more…)
If you’ve been writing for a long time, you’re well read and/or well educated, and you happen to have a large vocabulary, it’s not uncommon to want to show it off. After all, long and complicated words that only a handful of people can understand make you sound smarter, right?
Naturally, the answer is no — in fact, using big words may even make you sound less intelligent. (more…)