I like to keep up with correct Canadian writing style and word usage. That may be because I live 110 miles--177 kilometres (Canadian spelling)--from the border, and I have clients in Vancouver and Calgary. Also, many Canadian readers check in here for advice and subscribe to my free monthly ezine, Better...
Because I loved the third edition of Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, I was excited to see that Microsoft had finally updated the 2004 volume. The new fourth edition, published this year, is titled simply Microsoft Manual of Style.  I recommend the manual highly, but I don’t...
If you work as an academic or a professional in a technical environment, I recommend "Zombie Nouns," Helen Sword's piece in yesterday's New York Times online. Sword, who teaches at the University of Auckland, attacks nominalizations such as proliferation, formation, implacability, and heteronormativity. These are words made from verbs (proliferate and...
If you've been wondering how to get readers to open your ezine or email and read it, read this brief article (less than 200 words) from marketing expert Marcia Yudkin's "Marketing Minute." ******************* "Catchy Lines" from "The Marketing Minute" by Marcia Yudkin: A subject line of a news service to which I subscribe read: Pedicures, pit bulls...
The other day my friend Joanne wrote to ask me how to render the word "by laws." She said Google had suggested "by laws," and a legal website had offered "by-laws." "Which is correct?" she asked. Neither. That is why it is important to check respected expert sources. I let Joanne know...
I have been invited to participate in a website that gathers resources for administrative assistants. It's called Assistant Edge. You can see the logo I have added to the right column on this page. If you click on the logo, you will find an assortment of my blog posts...
Ricardo wrote to me today to tell me about a free English-Spanish online dictionary. It's at the Word Magic website. As someone who is interested in learning Spanish, I was pleased to find out about this resource. I tested the dictionary with the Costa Rican expression pura vida, which people use to respond...
I was just introduced to a blog by Ken Adams, whose expertise is in drafting contracts. His recent posts cover some of the latest options and thinking on typography. If you are interested in contracts, typefaces, and gems of language, visit Ken's site. Lynn
If you write frequently asked questions (FAQ), check out these excellent resources from E-WRITE: Frequently Asked Questions Style GuideE-WRITE wrote this style guide for the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Government. Even if you don't write FAQs, it is a good example of a style guide. Here are three...
Yesterday Matthew Stibbe at Bad Language wrote brilliantly about what is wrong in corporate case studies. If you are in corporate communications, read his ideas here. Stibbe covers the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of case studies, also known as "white papers" where I live. Among the symptoms: case studies...