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Four secrets of a good communicator

by on October 30th, 2013 in General tips on writing, Quizzes and tests

Whether or not you’ve taken our tongue-in-cheek style test, if you already consider yourself a Churchill of writing then you’ve probably perfected the four traits below.

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Tips for the ‘pedantic’ writer

by on October 30th, 2013 in General tips on writing, Quizzes and tests

Whether or not you’ve taken our tongue-in-cheek style test, if readers need a ball of thread to find their way out of your verbal maze then please read on.

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Tips for the ‘bureaucratic’ writer

by on October 30th, 2013 in General tips on writing, Quizzes and tests

Whether or not you’ve taken our tongue-in-cheek style test, if your writing makes even politicians sound intelligible please read on.

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Tips for the ‘cowboy’ writer

by on October 30th, 2013 in General tips on writing, Quizzes and tests

Whether or not you’ve taken our tongue-in-cheek style test, if you think you write like George Dubya speaks then please read on.

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Take our writing style test

by on October 25th, 2013 in General tips on writing, Quizzes and tests

. . . and discover what kind of business writer you are. For each set of sentences below, which of the four options comes closest to the way you write?

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Jack Nicholson was right!

by on September 13th, 2013 in Thoughts on language

In a poll conducted in 2009, Britons voted the line from the 1992 film A Few Good Men – “You can’t handle the truth” – the most memorable movie quote of all time.

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Clichés of sincerity: five reasons to avoid them

by on August 15th, 2013 in Thoughts on language

Life is fickle if you’re a cliché: you enter the world a rising star, only to assume celebrity D-list status shortly ever after – not so much sought after as impossible to avoid.

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The language of love . . .

by on July 26th, 2013 in In the news

Yo! For all you on-line suitors out there hoping to woo with the written word, here’s a bit of advice from dating website OKCupid:

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An overcompensation of nouns

by on July 16th, 2013 in Thoughts on language

I’ve no idea if children are taught about collective nouns in schools these days. I hope they are because they make for some marvellous images:

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Literally speaking

by on May 6th, 2013 in General tips on writing

Literally is one of many words that are widely misused nowadays. Nevertheless, unlike most of its contemporaries it can bring a smile to the faces of even the most pedantic.

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Fewer and less

by on March 15th, 2013 in Trouble-shooting tips

Fewer is one of those words that seems to be disappearing. I don’t know if it is a case of “if in doubt, just use less” or because people simply forget that it exists. Fewer does fulfil a role that less does not, though, so if you want to get it right here is a basic explanation and some tips to help you.

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The business of being Shakespeare

by on March 14th, 2013 in Thoughts on language

On one of my recent Google trawls I came upon this description of lawn weeds: Flowering weeds can appear attractive to the untrained eye, but they are an eyesore to someone who is striving to maintain a healthy lawn with curb appeal.

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