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To Comma, Or Not to Comma: You May Be Getting It Wrong

By | Nov.09.16 | 2 Comments

Comma placement can cause a big effect in legal documents. (See “What Broadway’s Hamilton Teaches About Legal Interpretation.”) In particular, whether or not to place a comma before the word “and” frequently leads to errors. Use the …Continue reading »


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What Broadway’s Hamilton Teaches about Legal Interpretation

By | Oct.11.16 | No Comments

Comma placement matters. Broadway musical Hamilton’s Angelica Schuyler sings in “Take a Break”: In a letter I received from you two weeks ago I noticed a comma in the middle of a phrase It changed the meaning. Did …Continue reading »


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Ryan Lochte’s Vocabulary Lesson for All of Us

By | Sep.15.16 | No Comments

“I over-exaggerated.” It was impossible to miss the world’s derision for Ryan Lochte’s poor word choice. The Olympian was trying to explain his lies about how he found himself at the wrong end of a …Continue reading »


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If You Are Reading This … Oh, Wait, You Are!

By | Aug.18.16 | No Comments

Perhaps the most ridiculous construct I see and hear regularly is the conditional introductory phrase that prefaces content in documents with, “If you are reading this,” or that starts voicemail greetings with, “If you are …Continue reading »


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Talk Like You Drive — With Care

By | Jul.25.16 | 1 Comment

Nothing draws a smirk or an arched eyebrow in certain circles as quickly as mispronunciation of the brand name of an automobile. This faux pas is especially damning when entertaining clients in businesses related to …Continue reading »


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To Infinitive and Beyond

By | Jun.30.16 | No Comments

An infinitive is the barest form of a verb. Usually, we refer to a verb form as an infinitive when we use “to”: to go, to run, to think. If you studied a foreign language, you …Continue reading »


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It’s the Word Most Often Used Incorrectly

By | Jun.01.16 | No Comments

Its or it’s? Its, it’s the word that trips up many writers, the word that doesn’t follow the rules. The problem is the apostrophe. Apostrophes are most often used two ways: in a contraction or …Continue reading »


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Blog Posts: Are You Clickable?

By | May.02.16 | No Comments

Email marketing should be part of your internet marketing plan. (See “The Big Three Internet Marketing Activities for Lawyers.”) Emailing new posts from your blog to a list of clients and prospects increases the return …Continue reading »


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A Politically Incorrect Marketing Tip

By | Apr.11.16 | 2 Comments

Ten minutes of top-of-the-hour cable television news can make you feel like your head is going to explode. Or maybe you’ve just read some total bozo’s post. You may want to grab your phone and …Continue reading »


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Don’t Speak Like a Patronizing ‘Parent’

By | Mar.14.16 | 2 Comments

The parade of presidential candidates across my television screen has reminded me of the transactional analysis best-seller, “I’m OK, You’re OK.” Transactional analysis is a psychoanalytic therapy method. It defines three ego-states: Child, Parent and …Continue reading »