Linked chainYou may or may not be on social media. Almost certainly, you aren’t seeing every interesting link that flashes past. So here are more links to helpful posts I’ve shared that you might have missed:

Word choice

  • “Don’t be mealy-mouthed about mortality,” says John McIntyre. “People die; they do not pass, pass away, pass over, expire, depart, succumb, enter eternal rest, go to be with Jesus/the Lord, go west, cross the bar, buy the farm, pay a debt to nature, rest from their labors, wander the Elysian Fields…”
  • 12 nouns that are always plural, by Simon Thomas for Grammar Girl. An exception is the fashion industry, which loves to go on about a sharp “pant” or the right “jean” or a red “lip.”
  • Slang like “YOLO” and “on fleek” often has a short life because people lose interest when it gets too popular. (Also younger gen annoyed when older gen picks it up.) Linguists Ben Zimmer and Nicole Holliday explain slang trends through history.
  • 80 wordy expressions – like “a majority of” (most) and “due to the fact that” (because) — and what you could use instead (including nothing) via English Grammar.

Plain language  

  • Consider the reader’s point of view. Say “My research team will ask you some questions about a typical day for you” instead of the alarming “Data will be collected about your lifestyle.” That’s one example of plain language in health care by Iva Cheung.
  • Please stop verbing nouns, like “languaging.” I’m with Josh Bernoff on this, although I disagree that “brick” as a verb (meaning to render an electronic object useless) is obvious and unmistakable.
  • “If everyone agreed to use language in the way that it is normally used, which is to communicate, the workday would be two hours shorter.” Molly Young on “garbage language.”
  • Use simple words, move from known to unknown and other techniques to explain a complex, technical product or process to non-tech people, from Stanford Engineering via Allison Carter and Ragan Communications.



What other helpful, interesting or funny posts have you found online? Please share in the comments or send me a message.

ICYMI is In Case You Missed It. “Link” photo by JJ Ying on Unsplash.