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Why Do People Choose to Use Long Words?

Why Do People Choose to Use Long Words?

Avoid the elaborate, the pretentious, the coy and the cute. Do not be tempted by a twenty-dollar word when there is a ten-center handy, ready and able. (Strunk and White) There’s no shortage of writing advice out there telling you to keep your writing simple, to use plain language, and to avoid jargon like the [...]

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Are you plugged in to your writing?

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9 Steps to Clear Business Writing: by Brad Shorr

The ability to communicate clearly is always important, but when it comes to business writing, clarity reigns supreme. In business, words drive decisions and action. Write clearly, and you help colleagues and customers make the right decisions. Write haphazardly, and you lay the groundwork for mistakes and confusion. Since most companies prefer profits to problems, [...]

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The ingredients of a credible writing style

Honesty, trustworthiness and credibility are all vital to a good business reputation. You may be used to reflecting these values in what you do and say at work, but what can you do to inject them into the written word? I started thinking about this on the back of a piece by Rosa Say on [...]

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What I learned from writing at work

Most of the writing that we have to produce and consume happens at work. Maybe I’ve had more experience than most with jobs writing correspondence, notes of committee meetings, briefing papers, annual reports, speeches, policy papers, press releases, statements for parliament, e-mails, internal memos… in various jobs in the… Continue reading

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