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how long should a paragraph be

How Long Is a Paragraph?

Get to the Point | Short paragraphs produce more readable documents.

Theda C. Snyder - November 29, 2022
two-word phrase or not

A Two-Word Phrase You Seldom Need

Get to the Point | You can get your point across without these extra words.

Theda C. Snyder - November 2, 2022
grammar resources

The Heyday of Grammar: You’re Not Hardcore Unless You Live Hardcore

Get to the Point | Teddy Snyder points to entertaining and useful grammar resources. "Our fascination with grammar is not new."

Theda C. Snyder - October 6, 2022
colons and semicolons

Using Colons and Semicolons in Memos and Briefs

Our legal writing skills series continues with a couple of punctuation marks that often trip up lawyers.

Josh Taylor - September 15, 2022
nym words

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.”

Theda C. Snyder - September 12, 2022
word usage

Much Ado About Word Usage

Get to the Point | The error that seems increasingly common is “much adieu.” That should be “much ado.”

Theda C. Snyder - September 6, 2022
eloquent speakers

Eloquence Makes Every Word Important

Teddy Snyder | Eloquent speakers understand that in every setting, every minute should be informing, perhaps delighting, your audience.

Theda C. Snyder - August 11, 2022
Get to the Point

How Long Was That Quotation? Do’s and Don’ts of Using Quoted Material

Teddy Snyder | When making oral presentations, always tell listeners where quoted material ends.

Theda C. Snyder - July 14, 2022
law firm blogs

Four Tips for Writing Legal Blog Posts That People Will Actually Read

Jay Harrington | Let's face it, many legal blog posts are easy to ignore. Here's a structure for writing posts that are simple, skimmable — and readable.

Jay Harrington - June 21, 2022
Get to the Point

Fulsome Word Choice Advice

Teddy Snyder | Don’t be tempted to use a fancy word when a plain one will do.

Theda C. Snyder - June 14, 2022
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