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What Amazing Feet!

On a coffee break in a recent business writing workshop, an attendee was checking her email. Suddenly she laughed a hearty "Hah! Hah! Hah!" People scattered around the room wondered what could be so funny. She explained:

"I’m reading an email I was copied on. It’s a thank you to someone for her group’s amazing feet–f-e-e-t!"

Feet or feat? We can only imagine.


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By Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston has helped thousands of employees and managers improve their business writing skills and confidence through her company, Syntax Training. In her corporate training career of more than 20 years, she has worked with executives, engineers, scientists, sales staff, and many other professionals, helping them get their messages across with clarity and tact.

A gifted teacher, Lynn has led writing classes at more than 100 companies and organizations such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Boeing, Nintendo, REI, AARP, Ledcor, and Kaiser Permanente. Near her home in Seattle, Washington, she has taught managerial communications in the MBA programs of the University of Washington and UW Bothell. She has created a communications course, Business Writing That Builds Relationships, and provides the curriculum at no cost to college instructors.

A recognized expert in business writing etiquette, Lynn has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal," "The Atlantic," "Vanity Fair," and other media.

Lynn sharpened her business writing skills at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a master's degree in communication, and at Bradley University, with a bachelor's degree in English.

7 comments on “What Amazing Feet!”

  • Wait a minute, Kathy. Given your love of food, perhaps that is what they meant!

    Just kidding. But your comment reminded me of all the “food faces” in one of your recent blog posts.


  • Oops, you caught me. Seems I’m always talking about food! I’m tickled that you read my blog. I consider it an honor. You are my writing/grammar/proper usage idol, and often send people links to your blog when people need a confounding usage problem explained better than I can. You do it so well. Thank you for providing such a valuable service to your readers.

  • I received an invitation requesting my “presents” at a young lady’s college graduation. It was obviously created on a home computer. I got a laugh out of it especially since I hadn’t seen the child since she was 8 and hadn’t spoken to the family either. Perhaps they really did just want my presents. 😉

  • I received an email from my new supervisor at work asking me to “bare with him” while he attempted to resolve an issue. I really don’t think that getting naked is going to solve anything!

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