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The Benefits and Dangers of Humor at Work

The Benefits and Dangers of Humor at Work

Do you want your coworkers’ respect? Try telling a joke! According to a recent study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, people who tell jokes at work are viewed as being more confident, competent, important, and intelligent than their more serious counterparts. People like and admire their funny coworkers. And apparently, it’s also great when(…)

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Shakespeare in the Language of Bureaucracy

Shakespeare in the Language of Bureaucracy

The Plain English Foundation has some terrific examples that show what plain language looks like. It also has information that explains what plain language isn’t. Here are some of the characteristics of bureaucratic government language listed on their web site: Long, complex words Long, unwieldy sentences Impenetrable jargon Passive voice Unnecessary verbiage Padding and pointless detail It(…)

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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarians Take Over

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarians Take Over

Writers who are pressed for time sometimes make hilarious mistakes — particularly when they are writing headlines. It is important to check your writing to make sure that your sentences are unambiguous. Here are a few examples of ambiguity: Kids Make Nutritious Snacks Iraqi Head Seeks Arms Milk Drinkers Are Turning to Powder Panda Mating(…)

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