Yearly Archives: 2008

New Year’s fun

Mental Floss shares six new year traditions from around the world in their latest newsletter. Since my grandparents came from Scotland, I was particularly drawn to the mention of Hogmanay, which Scotland marks today. Tonight is also called Auld Year’s Night. One of the customs associated with the new year is that of the first-footer: […]

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Ode to freelance joy

I can’t resist sharing Bill Dyszel’s “freelance national anthem,” about the joys of being a freelance writer. Appropriately enough, it’s sung to Ode to Joy (written by German poet Friedrich Schiller but best known in its musical setting in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony). It opens with: “We are full-time freelance writers / what we […]

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I brake for Christmas

Did you know that Santa’s blogging this year, and he’s planning to podcast next year? Dave Fleet, who listed what he’d do if he were Santa’s PR guy, directed me to Santa’s blog. Check it out and see if YOUR eyes don’t twinkle! The list of 100 things about Santa is pretty funny, and it […]

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Where snow is lovely

We had lots of snow on Friday and a little more over the weekend, dropping a heavy blanket over the trails where Jake and I usually walk. It always makes me think of my favourite Robert Frost poem, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, which I just learned was his own favourite. Of course, […]

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What Bill was really thinking

As Christmas creeps ever closer, the mind refuses to stay focused on work. So instead we’ll ponder what Bill Gates might have been thinking when he named Windows XP. Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty has been posting seasonal grammar tips, and one related to the use of “Xmas” in signs instead of “Christmas” caught my eye. […]

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War on weasel words

The quest to rid employee communications of buzzwords and management-speak never ends, so it’s always encouraging to find support. Of course, it’s unlikely those who speak in “methodologies” and “strategic imperatives” will read books like Don Watson‘s Death Sentences: How cliches, weasel words and management-speak are strangling public language, but having Don’s words out there […]

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Fads spread like kudzu

Here’s one for communications guru Les Potter, ABC: Krudzu: Any proliferating management fad — or simply dumb concept — that overtakes and eventually strangles a company or organization. (From Buzzwhack.com.) Why Les? Because we had  a discussion after an earlier post that mentioned Twitter as “sprawling as kudzu.” Les was kind enough to comment, revealing […]

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Random misspellings II

More random misspellings spotted in places where there really should be someone who knows better: three discreet stages of innovation (discrete) his interest is clearly perked (piqued) this was born out by the conversation (borne) take a peak at the table of contents (peek) a viscous attack (viscious) considered a shoe-in (shoo-in) Yes, you’re right, […]

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I’m learning

Digital natives won’t be impressed, but it was big news for me when I launched my web site, started a blog, got settled on Facebook and LinkedIn and even downloaded a ringtone (I’m not a big cellphone user). So believe me when I say there is LOTS for me to learn. I had wondered before […]

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And I quote…

Here’s one for those of you who “dislike” when misguided “writers” apply quotation marks with wild abandon: Mark DiCristina’s “Blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks (misinterpreting bad punctuation since 2005). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your head at the many, many instances of randomly distributed and misused quotation marks, many sent in by loyal readers. […]

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