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Five Usage Errors — With Celebrities

By | Mar.06.18 | No Comments

Just because you see a word or phrase in public media doesn’t mean it is being used correctly. Here are five common incorrect usages. 1. Nicole Kidman’s Husband Is Real Because a person is famous does not …Continue reading »

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Do Your Gestures Belie Your Words?

By | Feb.07.18 | No Comments

My “Get to the Point!” columns talk about writing and speaking. But you communicate another way, too — through body language. Studies show that your gestures may speak more loudly than your words and can even …Continue reading »

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Profanity in the Legal Workplace

By | Jan.10.18 | 1 Comment

Oh, balderdash! I just read that using profanity enhances team building in the workplace. Say what? Apparently, a vocabulary of four-letter words brands you as part of the “in” group in the information technology industry, and …Continue reading »

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You Lost Me Right From the Start: Avoiding Communication Turn-offs

By | Dec.12.17 | No Comments

You’re articulate, right? You appreciate and emulate good legal writing. So why do you turn off so many listeners and readers so soon? In the film “Jerry Maguire,” Renee Zellweger as Dorothy Boyd tells Tom Cruise’s …Continue reading »

The Friday Five

Five Tax Benefits to Working From a Home Office

By | Nov.24.17 | No Comments

Some lawyers choose to limit overhead by working from home. They may arrange for supplemental virtual services and conference room access. While not every practice area may lend itself to working from home, technology has …Continue reading »

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The Death of Capitalization

By | Nov.07.17 | No Comments

It started with the iPod, the iPad and the iPhone. Capital letters appeared in places they never appeared before. Grammar rules call for capitalizing proper names, but now the correct reference to some brands calls …Continue reading »

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You Can Conduct an Internet Search, But Should You Google?

By | Oct.03.17 | No Comments

I once defended a product liability case where the client was adamant that the product always be called a “personal watercraft.” It most definitely was not, he insisted, a Jet-Ski. The issue was the use …Continue reading »

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Don’t Be Tricked by These False Friends

By | Sep.11.17 | No Comments

Some words sound like they mean one thing when they actually mean something very different. Using one of these false friends incorrectly could cause you a problem. But It Sounded Right … The term “false friends” traditionally …Continue reading »

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Contronyms: Context Controls Comprehension

By | Aug.07.17 | 1 Comment

Sanctions. That word has always troubled me. It’s a contronym, a word that has opposite meanings. Lawyers know that a motion for sanctions asks the court to penalize an adversary’s bad act. But other English speakers …Continue reading »

Business Development

How Charity Can Play a Role in Your Marketing Plan

By | Jul.25.17 | No Comments

Good marketers are good networkers. They meet lots of people in all kinds of settings and turn those people into clients. Chances are, you can be more focused about how your charity time and money …Continue reading »