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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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Want to Appear More Confident in 2015? Purge Your Speech of These 9 Lame Phrases.

Want to Appear More Confident in 2015? Purge Your Speech of These 9 Lame Phrases.

Words are powerful. They can elevate, enlighten, encourage, and shame. They can heal and they can wound. They can also complement or detract from the image you want others to see when they interact with you. While we can’t choose every word we say, we can rid ourselves of the ones that don’t serve us. Here are the(…)

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A Place for Antique E-Books

A Place for Antique E-Books

This article was written by an old friend and a colleague in learning, Phil Shapiro. It made me laugh. So I asked Phil if I could post it here. A Place for Antique E-Books Once e-books become more widely adopted, an inevitable result will be the creation of antique e-book stores. Here are details about an(…)

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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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What Movies Have Taught Me About Work

What Movies Have Taught Me About Work

Movies are great, aren’t they? They’re engaging and entertaining – and even educational! I think I’ve learned a lot from movies over the years. I’ve learned that aliens are often susceptible to the common cold, cars that fall off of cliffs always explode, and no matter how bad your relationship is, you can patch things(…)

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Entrepreneur Barbie Joins LinkedIn

Entrepreneur Barbie Joins LinkedIn

Hailing from a broad base of inspirational female entrepreneurs, plastic persona, Barbie, shares her newest business venture, the “Dream Incubator.” After 55 years in business, she has moved into professional networking online. Her motto of “If You Can Dream It, You Can Be it!” is targeted not only at girls, but everyone who could use some positive(…)

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