Monthly Archives: July 2016

Watch Your Step II

Last week we discussed a few handle-with-care issues pertaining to the word “impact” – including the irony that although the word seems inherently compelling, it can be vague. Now let’s look at examples of two other commonly used adjectives that … Continue reading

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Writing with “Impact”

“Impact” is a highly useful, compelling word, but it requires some special handling. Let’s examine four issues. 1) “Impactful” is in the dictionary, but it made its appearance there relatively recently, and some folks consider it nonstandard. You may want to avoid … Continue reading

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A Matter of Degrees

Each of these sentences expresses comparisons – and each can be improved. What edits would you make? 1. Ruth is one of the most passionate, creative, and wisest committee chairs we have had. 2. Of High Street or Lincoln Road, which … Continue reading

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Priorities II

As promised, here is the continuation of last week’s post about the many writing goals that start with “P.” We have already noted that we want our writing to be precise in language choices and pointed in organization. We benefit from a patient … Continue reading

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