We have all seen parents who allow their kids to run amok at the shopping mall. Or do these rowdy little rascals run amuck? You have surely seen both spellings and wondered: "is it amuck or amok?"  A Little History The phrase "to run amok" was first used in the English language in the 1670s. The...
Placeholders names are terms that you can use instead of words that seem irrelevant or easy to forget. Placeholder words have various functions in different categories. Placeholders Names in Everyday Life When communicating in a relaxed social situation, one can address a person using colloquial stand-ins like Mac, buddy, guy, pal, and fellow (or fella) when unaware of...
Writing Prompts Prompts are an excellent tool for writers to get started on their ideas. Even if you are not a professional, learning how to use writing prompts will bring your projects to the next level. What Is A Writing Prompt? Writing prompts can save you from writer’s block and help you...
Here’s one question you really need to answer correctly: Is it “bare with me” or “bear with me?” Choose wisely. Otherwise, your email to a coworker saying, “bare with me,” could inadvertently be inviting them to shed their clothes alongside you. Yikes! The correct answer is: Bear with me. And the...
Contractions in business writing… to use or not to use… that is the question. The art of business writing challenges you to strike that perfect balance between sounding friendly and approachable while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Contractions can be a useful tool to help you do just that....
You use them every day in spoken English. Pick up a magazine or read an article online—you’ll see one or more somewhere on the page. Split infinitives are everywhere and widely accepted—yet they are still surrounded by controversy. So, is it OK to break the archaic rules on using...
When you hear the term “abstract,” what comes to mind? A painting by Jackson Pollock? And if you hear the word “concrete,” what’s the first thing you think of? A foundation? Or a sidewalk? Your brain pulled these answers quickly. Why? Because you are most familiar with these words...
You’ve perfected your resume and are ready to start sending it out. However, writing the cover letter is proving to be a bit challenging. You want to attract the attention of a potential employer immediately. And the cover letter is how you can make that happen… or fall flat....
Business writing is useful in various contexts, but its primary purpose is to receive a business response. In other words, it is writing that deals with business, whether it's reaching out to customers or employees, and getting a response back relevant to whatever business the writing deals with. A...
When you're writing a business letter, especially to colleagues or other people in your field, you may tend to write in a very dry, jargon-filled manner. Though you may not be able to avoid the jargon trap in this case, there is another trap that you can jump over...