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 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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Angry Letters In Defense of Self-Help Gurus

April 9th, 2010 with 4 Comments

Sometimes I wonder where all the “fans” are.  But at times, I do get some (most anonymous) e-mails protesting or I get some (anonymous) posting saying how wrong I am.  Nothing wrong with being anonymous, but when I go to other blogs, I use my name.  Because if I believe in something, I think you […]

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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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5 Worst Business Clichés Ever

January 21st, 2010 with 15 Comments

One of the worst jobs I ever had was translating a business proposal from Korean into English.  Why? Because it was so laden with business jargon that I had no idea what the document was saying.  And the words they were using were DIRECTLY borrowed from English.  And when I asked the writer what he […]

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What the Notorious BIG Can Teach You About Sounding Smart

January 12th, 2010 with 1 Comment

One day a man was talking to his co-worker at his office.  They talked about many things, but inevitably the subject of work came up.  You see, each man worked in different departments and had different bosses, and they liked to talk about the latest goings-in. One man said to the other, “My boss is […]

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Verbal Power: Figuratively and Literally

January 6th, 2010 with 3 Comments

One way we get ourselves into deep poop is to say the wrong thing to the wrong person.  But what if it’s not intentional? I’m a big believer in the power of words.  As a writer, I have told anyone who would listen that writing clearly affects the way people think about you.  The same […]

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