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Fun Fact #13: We are talking ‘hay/hey” here!

  • September 11, 2018

Have you ever listened to people talk on the train or in the mall and paid attention to their grammar, accent or perhaps tone?  Many people use sayings and phrases, might I say, sometimes incorrectly. Old time sayings have been…

Fun Fact #12: Oldest logos in the world

  • August 28, 2018

Logos and branding live in our world from the moment we wake up and see a logo on our alarm clocks, continuing as we drive a brand of car to work and in our offices and homes. Companies spend inordinate…

Fun Fact #11:  Write it like a country music song!

  • July 24, 2018

Did you know that music can stimulate your creative juices and get them flowing? We listen to the radio in the office and find ourselves singing along to the music, especially country music. It is emotional, moving yet simple, and…

Fun Fact #10: What is i.e.?

  • July 9, 2018

(And no, it is not Internet Explorer!) It is very warm in New York this morning, so I will make this lesson short and sweet.  So many of today’s words and phrases originate from Latin roots. We don’t even realize…

Fun Fact #9: The Elevator Pitch

  • June 13, 2018

You are at a networking event, an airport or any other social situation and someone that you do not know asks you what you do for a living. Ugh. You hesitate in responding yet you live and breathe in this…

Fun Fact #8:  How many spaces after a period?

  • May 22, 2018

Well, well, well. This age-old question raises its ugly head once more. Do you need two spaces after a period, or any other end of a sentence punctuation? This is going to be a short and sweet post.  The answer…

Fun Fact #7: Food for thought.

  • May 2, 2018

How many times have you had a conversation with someone and at the end of the discussion one party says, “Well, it's food for thought?" It may be something deeply thought provoking such as new therapy options for curing lung…

Fun Fact #6: How long is too long?

  • April 18, 2018

I was recently asked to write an article for a newsletter.  I love to write and was looking forward to the task.  I found myself asking a few questions: Are there specific topics or areas of interest you would like…

Fun Fact #5: Fear of writing?

  • March 27, 2018

Did you know there is such a thing as fear of writing? According to the website fearof.net, both Graphophobia and Scriptophobia exist and are associated with fear of writing in public. Fears come in all shapes and sizes.  It is…

Fun Fact #4: What is a dangling participle?

  • March 14, 2018

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.” Groucho Marx Got your attention?  Ever heard of this before?  Simply, the dangling participle is a phrase that modifies the subject of…

Fun Fact #3: The Semicolon

  • March 1, 2018

The semicolon.  The cause of angst, confusion and sometimes argument.  Most easily described as punctuation used when the writer could have ended the sentence but decided not too and added on a bit more. It is best used when linking…

Fun Fact #2: Interjections!

  • February 20, 2018

At the risk of showing my age, I’d like to throw back to a series of cartoons that appeared on Saturday mornings.  Schoolhouse Rock appeared in the early 1970’s and taught a generation of children about math, science, history and…

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