Beware the Double-Edged Sword of Product Naming

September 10th, 2010 with 1 Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve added to my “Failure to Communicate” Section.  But today Friend of the Blog, Duff McDuffie sent me a link that I couldn’t help but post about.  In fact, I ‘ve been laughing on and off for the last hour whenever I think about this.  Look closely at the picture above. […]

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5 Tips for Improving Your Writing So People Can Understand You

August 2nd, 2010 with 1 Comment

When I taught English some years back, a student asked me: “How do I know if my English is good?” I answered, “People can understand you.” I think this goes especially for writing.  I’ve seen more bad writing than I care to admit.  But here’s the thing: most people aren’t trying to write the great American novel.  […]

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5 More Meaningless Business Buzzwords

July 23rd, 2010 with 3 Comments

I’ve talked before about business jargon on more than one occasion.  But the worst offenders are the words and phrases that are completely meaningless.  What do I mean by “meaningless?” Here’s what I mean: I work in an international business setting.  We use English as the common language.  When these meaningless phrases come up, I […]

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DSP Words Coming to a Dictionary Near You!

July 9th, 2010 with 2 Comments

New Readers to this blog are sometimes confused by some of the words I use on this blog.  Bu fear not. I am now  going to give you some of the words I use here on a regular basis, and I also expect these words to be added to the dictionary next year due to […]

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Why I Love Hate Mail…And Why You Should Too!

April 21st, 2010 with 7 Comments

You know you’ve arrived when you start getting the hate mail. That’s not a joke. I knew this blog was going in the right direction when I started getting (mostly anonymous) hate mail.  And of course, I get the comments from “fans” of any guru (or guru’s book) I happen not to like. In those […]

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5 Worst Business Buzzwords

April 14th, 2010 with 8 Comments

I’ve written before about overused business clichés.  But what about all those business buzzwords?  Well, I hate most of them too.  There are two things I hate most: Using words that are utterly meaningless (non-words). inventing new words to replace perfectly good ones I could give you a LONG list of words that meet that […]

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Are You Offended by Wankers?

March 2nd, 2010 with 7 Comments

Disclaimer: This post contains words that have a proven history of offending some people..  If, after reading this post, you suffer from hurt feelings or righteous indignation, I am not to be held responsible.  You’ve been warned.  Proceed with caution. Author and friend of the blog Steve Harper recently posted on his blog about people […]

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10 Wise Old Sayings That Are Stupid

February 12th, 2010 with 28 Comments

We often hear those wise old sayings handed down from generation to generation, but some of them are just plain stupid.  Seriously, I went through a list of them and picked out 10 “wise old sayings” that are actually pretty dumb and some cases flat out wrong! And in honor of Valentine’s Day, I made […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Put Google AdSense on Your Blog

February 11th, 2010 with 12 Comments

A friend of mine asked me a good question the other day.  He asked me, “Why aren’t you ‘monetizing’ your blog?” I replied, “Because I don’t have anything to sell right now.” “But you could at least put Google Adsense on your blog,” he said. That’s advice I hear a lot from bloggers. It makes […]

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What’s Your Life in 6 Words?

February 5th, 2010 with 9 Comments

I saw a really cool article on a  new six-word memoir from Smith magazine called” It All Changed in an Instant.”  Smith asked people to write their bio in 6 words. They say it came from Hemingway’s supposed answer after someone asked him to write a story in 6 words, to which he said: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” I […]

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