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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 »


Content Under Pressure

Proofreading and Mindfulness: Bringing a Nonjudgmental Observer to Your Copy

By | Jul.05.17 | 1 Comment

With spellcheckers and online grammar guardians such as Grammarly, proofreading has become a nostalgic pastime for some writers. But proofreading is more than spotting typographical errors; it is a chance to impartially consider usage and …Continue reading »


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Why Superlatives May Not Be So Super

By | Jun.13.17 | No Comments

“Get to the Point” has previously preached that specificity enhances credibility. In fact, I’m working on a cross-stitch with this aphorism to place on the office wall. Using an unsupported superlative flouts this rule. Ugly, Uglier, …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Style Guides: Maintaining a Healthy Relationship Between Creator and Content

By | Jun.01.17 | No Comments

Most of us have a generally good grasp of English usage and punctuation. The problem is that some usage and punctuation errors are so subtle and pervasive that we are tricked into thinking they are …Continue reading »


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Qualifiers Do Not Increase Quality

By | May.10.17 | 1 Comment

You can’t be persuasive if your message is confusing. Whether you’re arguing a motion or giving an interview on a political issue, clarity is what counts. A qualifier changes the meaning of another word or …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Write Your Way Into the Euphemism-Free Zone

By | May.01.17 | No Comments

Last month’s United Airlines overbooking debacle and the subsequent PR disaster and brand implosion has me thinking of the value of communicating clearly. There’s much to be critical of in United’s behavior and initial poorly …Continue reading »


LAWYER STARTUPS

10 Minutes with Legal Tech Entrepreneur Gary Kinder

By | Mar.09.17 | No Comments

Legal technology entrepreneur Gary Kinder earned a law degree, but he didn’t go straight into the law. Instead, he taught writing at his alma mater, became a published author himself, and began traveling the country …Continue reading »


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Invisible Syllables

By | Mar.06.17 | No Comments

A television commercial for Butterfinger candy bars brags that they are “crispety.” Another advertisement claims they are “crunchety.” These descriptions are not words, and Nestle should not be trying to persuade us otherwise. One would …Continue reading »


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Elegant Insults

By | Feb.13.17 | 4 Comments

When your brain knows just the right word, you can be more concise. And sometimes you can slip in the verbal dagger without the victim understanding what you’ve done. Insouciant When you want to say the defendants …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

My Top Writing Tips for the Busy Author

By | Feb.01.17 | 1 Comment

Maybe this is the year you’ve committed to writing a blog. Perhaps you want to improve your client alerts or have just been given a monthly column. Talk about producing content under pressure! You’ve mastered …Continue reading »