The Ground Hog’s Speaking Skills

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to introduce our next speaker:  Punxsutawney Phil, weather predictor extraordinaire. This ground hog has been predicting the approach of spring for centuries. According to an old English ditty: (  Candlemas is a Christian holiday also known as the Feast…

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Getting Rid of Ambiguous Sentences

Ambiguous Sentences You are familiar with these optical illusions, aren’t you? You look at the picture and are sure of what you see; you don’t even question it.Then someone else sees something totally different. You swear the person is nuts.  So you shift your eyes, try to…

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Word of the Week: Nuance

Nuance A subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression or sound. Root: From the Latin word nubes.  In Latin this means “cloud”. Did you know: Nuances of body language often conveys as much meaning as spoken words. Nuance in non-verbal communication Sometimes what you…

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The Space Between the Words

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I beg to differ. As beautiful and wonderful as pictures can be, I often find that there is something missing. The space between the words where the imagination lives is missing in a simple…

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Word of the Week: Fortitude

Fortitude Strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage Root: From the Latin word fortitudo.  In Latin this means “strength”. “The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face…

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Using Quotation Marks

Punctuation:  Using Quotation Marks “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” Dr. Martin Luther King is one of the most quoted people of current times. (I can say “current times”…

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Jargon and Linguistic Discrimination

Words. They can bring people together and they can just as easily tear them apart.  It comes in so many names: Jargon Slang Ebonics Textspeak Bureaucratese Technobabble Gibberish Idioms The result, however, remains the same.  The use of words has often served to separate groups…