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April 23, 2013


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Pete Schoenberger

"Methinks the lady doth protest too much." Actually, Lynn, I love your columns and read each one. It's nice to know I'm not alone in my obsession with words and grammar in a WTF OMG world. And now, "I go, I go, swift as the arrow from an archer's bow!"


I often wish the things I read were annotated, like much of Shakespeare has been, to explain the more arcane meanings hidden in supposedly clear writing.

Lisa Marie

What an excellent explanation of the importance of clarity in business writing, while still giving a beautiful tribute to Shakespeare's legacy. I love it!

On the occasion of Shakespeare's 449th birthday, I'll share this little gem from the World Wide Web: "Pentametron" is an automated Twitter page that uses algorithms to find tweets that are written in iambic pentameter, and then pairs them into rhyming couplets and retweets them. You can find it here: https://twitter.com/pentametron

Business Writing Blog

Hi, Pete. Thank you for your gracious words. I will join you in a sentiment from "Hamlet":
This above all: to thine own self be true.


Business Writing Blog

Jennifer, great idea! Annotations could be so helpful.


Business Writing Blog

Hi, Lisa Marie. Thank you for the resource. Love it!

To illustrate the point for others, I am sharing the site's description:

"With algorithms subtle and discrete / I seek iambic writings to retweet."



Shakespeare was using language his audience could understand; part of their skillset was in being comfortable with coinages.

I'd also argue that Shakespeare used short and long sentences in a similar proportion to what current writers do. He certainly had shorter sentences on average than ninteenth century prose writers!

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