About Louis Biggie

Louis Biggie is the interim Director of Talent Management and Organization Development at The Johns Hopkins University. His first job at Hopkins was as a senior analyst at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory. From 1997 to 1998, he worked for Jhpiego, where he helped form a team that developed e-learning. He left the university in 1998 to co-found an e-learning development company called LearnWare. He spends his free time fiddling with electronics, drinking wine, wearing white trousers, and listening to opera. He has too many annoying habits to mention, but his favorite is developing new ways to pronounce the word "beer."

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Travelers and Tourists

Travelers and Tourists

There is nothing I like more than traveling — everything about it. I enjoy airplanes (even the food), strange hotels, languages I don’t understand, long airport layovers, and meeting people with different perspectives on life. I even like the smell of jet fuel! Sometimes people talk about the difference between being a tourist and a(…)

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What on Earth Is a Dangling Participle Anyway?

What on Earth Is a Dangling Participle Anyway?

Some people remember that their teachers told them a dangling participle is a bad thing. But that’s all they remember! It’s hard to avoid dangling participles unless you know exactly what they are. First, a (present) participle is a verb form ending in -ing. Dancing, laughing, eating, drinking, sleeping, dreaming, and so on! (You can also(…)

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Plain English? What Are You Talking About?

Plain English? What Are You Talking About?

“Plain English refers to the writing and setting out of essential information in a way that gives a co-operative, motivated person a good chance of understanding it at first reading, and in the same sense that the writer meant it to be understood.” Cutts, M. (2013). Oxford Guide to Plain English. Oxford, England: Oxford University(…)

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Discrete or Discreet

Discrete or Discreet

Perhaps the most difficult words to master are the ones that sound alike but have different meanings. I recently wrote an article about the distinction between compliment and complement. Someone asked me the other day about the words, discreet and discrete. They sound alike, but the spelling can be confusing. Discreet means tactful or unobtrusive.(…)

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Leading from Behind

Leading from Behind

Today is Nelson Mandela Day, the day that honors the great South African leader on the anniversary of his birthday. Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations in 2009 and it was celebrated globally for the first time on July 18th, 2010. It isn’t intended as a holiday, but as a day when people(…)

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Teenagers Understand a Balance Sheet

Teenagers Understand a Balance Sheet

Readers who’ve raised teenagers may be familiar with a conversation that goes something like this. Teenager:  Can I borrow $50? I’m going to a concert on Saturday. [Asking for money bypasses the customary request for permission to go to the concert. Clever!] Me:  [Trying to look a little serious. Possibly judgmental?] You really shouldn’t be spending money(…)

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