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Grammar Judgments

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April 29, 2014

The Internet is filled with lists of misused words, but I found this one from especially post-worthy.

I rarely use “whom” when I should. Even when spell check suggests “whom,” I think it sounds pretentious. So I don’t use it.

And I’m sure some people then think, “What a bozo.”

And that’s a problem, because just like that one misspelled word that gets a resumé tossed into the “nope” pile, using one wrong word can negatively impact your entire message.

Fair or unfair, it happens.

The author is right. People do judge you for grammar mistakes and misspellings, and Inc.’s article lists some of the biggest culprits (adverse/averse, elicit/illicit, and insure/ensure, to name a few). Check it out to find which ones you may be using incorrectly and follow the tips for how to remember the correct usage.

But why did I find this particular list worthy of a link?

Shakespearean lessons for content creators

Image: Wikimedia Commons

by Hannah Comerford, Scribe Contributor

This week the world celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Whether you hated reading Romeo and Juliet or you find yourself quoting sonnets regularly, chances are your vocabulary shows signs of his influence. Don’t believe me? Shakespeare Online attributes over 1,700 words to Shakespeare. From our everyday language to West Side Story, it’s nearly impossible to avoid Shakespearean references in our Western culture. Just think of all the royalties he’d be making if still alive.

Not many of us will earn undying success in the way Shakespeare did. Yet, content creators can glean business wisdom from his creative practices. Here are three ways Shakespeare became a literary legend.

How to Get the Email Responses You Want

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November 26, 2013

by Hannah Comerford, Scribe Contributor

Have you ever written a detailed email to a colleague, only to receive a reply that ignored most or all of what you covered? Or have you waited weeks for a response from a client before giving up hope of hearing back? Chances are you have plenty of stories related to these frustrating situations.

Miscommunication, or a lack of communication altogether, is a problem faced every day in the business world. It not only wastes time, but it can also cause missed opportunities and lost profits. So how can you avoid this common problem?

Error-Free Documents

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October 7, 2013

You’ve misspelled a client’s name in your newest project proposal. The presentation you spent hours perfecting still contains multiple typos your brain skipped over. Your website is full of outdated or incorrect information.

Anyone who has been in business for a while knows even the smallest errors can be extremely costly. I’m always surprised, then, how many companies take a laid-back approach to ensuring the quality of their online content and business documents. They publish material that no one but the author checks, or rely on colleagues who may understand the subject matter but lack the skills to effectively proofread the writing.

Is Cyber-English Appropriate on the Job?

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September 5, 2013

Have you ever found yourself typing “LOL” when writing to a client or employee and then decided against it? Are you unsure about using emoticons, abbreviations, or truncated sentences when sending emails or texts from your phone?

With today’s high speed messaging—email, status updates, instant messages, texts—many people are asking whether there’s now a place for breaking traditional grammar rules in business communication. Are emoticons, abbreviations, and truncated sentences ever appropriate at work?

How to Develop a Great Presentation

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July 9, 2013

by Hannah Comerford, Scribe Contributor

Have you ever sat through a poor PowerPoint presentation? Chances are you grew bored and distracted, your eyes strained from trying to read the slides, or you gave up on note-taking after your hand started cramping.

Can you remember sitting through a great presentation? If it was particularly well prepared, you probably still remember the key points, and you may even implement the information in your daily life. You left the presentation feeling connected to the speaker, whether you agreed with all the points or not.

Which category do your presentations fall into? Are they lackluster or brilliant? Whether you’re a pastor, a nonprofit coordinator, or a businesswoman, you want your presentations to deliver an impactful message. Take a look at the following steps to boost your presentation’s impact.

by Hannah Comerford, Scribe Contributor

February 26 is Tell a Fairy Tale Day. You probably don’t have any celebrations lined up. In fact, you may even be wondering why we’re talking about fairy tales on a business writing blog. Are fairy tales, or storytelling in general, relevant to the modern business writer?

To answer these questions, let’s first discuss why fairy tales are popular in the first place. While fairy tales are usually associated with children, the popularity of prime time television shows that celebrate fairy tale characters suggests that maybe adults still enjoy hearing new spins on their childhood stories.

Here are just a few reasons why stories and fairy tales are so popular:

BWOW: Marque

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November 14, 2012

It’s time again for our Business Word of the Week (BWOW). Our hope with this feature is to introduce you to some lesser known, or at least lesser used, business words and to highlight when and how these words should be used.

We welcome your comments about the words we choose. If you have a word suggestion, please send it to us at info[at]thescribesource[dot]com.

This week’s word is marque. From Merriam-Webster:


\ˈmärk\    noun

: a brand or make of a product (as a sports car)

From the French verb, marquermarque describes the brand or make of a product, usually an “upmarket” product. For example, in the automobile industry, marque usually refers to luxury or elite racing cars. The term is also used with other luxury products, such as Dunhill cigars or Christian Dior fashion products.[1]

Marque may also refer to the emblem or nameplate used to identify a product.

Check back with us next Wednesday for another Business Word of the Week!

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