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Get to the Point

How to Write an Obituary — Yes, You Should Know This

You may be called on to write an obituary on behalf of your firm. Consider what the decedent would want people to know.

Theda C. Snyder - November 6, 2018
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Numerical References You May Not Know

To avoid putting the proverbial keyboard in your mouth, do not use words or phrases until you are 100 percent certain of the meaning.

Theda C. Snyder - October 8, 2018
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When Your Vocabulary Gets Wasted

No, we don't mean your words go into the garbage. A tipsy vocabulary may enrich your communications. In the right case, soused language can be spot-on.

Theda C. Snyder - September 10, 2018
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Talking About Choices: Inoffensive Is Better Than Clever

Stay away from shortcut, cutesy or slang expressions about hot-button issues such as racism, sexual harassment or the Holocaust.

Theda C. Snyder - August 8, 2018
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Nym Words: Sufferin’ Suffixes

Words with the suffix “–nym” pop up regularly. Some are common, but many of the 46 words with this suffix are not. “Nym” derives from the Greek word for “name” or “word.” Don’t include obscure –nym words just to show off; that just confuses ...

Theda C. Snyder - July 11, 2018
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Why Lawyers Are Redundant: History Is Destiny

Now lawyers use every term they can think of because some court somewhere once said the language in the contract didn’t cover the dispute. Sometimes that’s a good reason, but often it is not. Rather than a considered approach, most lawyers start ...

Theda C. Snyder - June 12, 2018
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How Euphemisms Improve Your Lawyering

Euphemisms are words or phrases used in place of other words that might offend the recipient of the message. The prefix eu- means “good.” Euphemisms substitute good language for what some might consider bad. Sometimes the communicator is ...

Theda C. Snyder - May 30, 2018
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Making and Using Too Many Words

As you edit your work product, pay special attention to instances where a stronger verb could replace a verb and its direct object. Besides being less persuasive, weak verbs plus explanatory words lengthen your writing [not, “make it longer”].

Theda C. Snyder - April 11, 2018
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Five Usage Errors — With Celebrities

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. Nicole Kidman’s husband is real. Because a person is famous does not make that person an ...

Theda C. Snyder - March 6, 2018
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Do Your Gestures Belie Your Words?

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 contradict them. You may have ...

Theda C. Snyder - February 7, 2018