What happens in an internet minuteConfess – you’re spending more time than ever online. There are work events on Zoom and Teams. There are photos and messages from family and friends on Facebook and Instagram. There’s YouTube and Twitter and TikTok. And then there’s Wordle and all its many variations. Oh, and Words With Friends. (Guilty pleasure!)

What are the chances you’ll be on the specific channel at the specific time someone shares an interesting post? Pretty slim, when you consider there are some 575,000 messages flashing by every minute on Twitter alone, according to Domo.com. Whooosh!

That fleeting nature is one reason I like to reshare some of the interesting, helpful and sometimes funny articles I’ve run across. Here are some recent ones:

Word choice

  • “Intelligent readers outside the classroom don’t want big words. They want complex ideas made simple” and (I love this) “Complicated language can send a signal that  a writer is dense or overcompensating.” By Derek Thompson for The Atlantic.
  • For Ukraine — and all news coverage — journalists need to pay attention to word choices. “The way we report can engender compassion or it can lead to othering by reinforcing unconscious bias,” says Doris Truong via Poynter.
  • Wend, eke, lurch and other “old” words preserved in common expressions, from Mental Floss.
  • A guide to redundant acronyms (RAT test instead of RAT, PIN number instead of PIN) by David Astle in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Writing tips


Related reading:

Links from March, including readability, diversity and a big proofreading fail
Links from February, including how to help Ukraine, plain language and a bit of silliness
Links from January, including jargon to avoid and some powerful stories

ICYMI is In Case You Missed It. Image from Domo.com’s Data Never Sleeps, or what happens on the internet every minute.