Please don’t call me a thought leader

Please don’t call me a thought leader

There are certain words and phrases I find myself using every day that I wish I didn't have to. 'Thought leadership' is one. 'Community' is another. Even 'social media' sticks in my throat it has become so overladen with misinterpretation, expectation and confusion. But use them I do as they are … [Read more...]

But anyway…

But anyway…

I wonder if any of you have a memory like this? I must have been about two or three years old. Either way, my brother, who is fifteen months younger than me, was still in a high chair. I remember that we were on holiday and staying in a holiday apartment or hotel (I'm not sure which). My brother … [Read more...]

Capital punishment: why using random capitals is a crime!

Capital punishment: why using random capitals is a crime!

Agh - few things annoy my linguistic sensibilities more than random capitalisation. Sure, misplaced apostrophes are probably a greater grammatical blot on the language landscape, but the capitalisation of words is more irritating because of its intentional nature. I'm currently editing and … [Read more...]

Can you read this post?

Can you read this post?

How easy is this blog to read? Apparently, yesterday's blog post, A lick of paint, is comfortable reading for 13 year old students - or grade 7. The previous post, Don't blame marketing for a sexist society, is seemingly much harder for some readers, requiring a year 12 or college level education to … [Read more...]

Resisting Extravagant Verbosity

Resisting Extravagant Verbosity

Should wordsmiths imbue compositions with dexterous and verbose adroitness? Or should writers use short, simple phrases? I often come up against amateur writers, particular in business, who insist writing should be a demonstration of language skill. Long words are used where short ones would … [Read more...]