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Welcome to 2018… home of the “youthquake”

Just a quick update to celebrate 2018 and share with you some words and terms that have become official, courtesy of Oxford Dictionaries. See more here: http://bit.ly/2CF4ZCw

With all of the stress and craziness and general buzz and busy most of us are contending with, using language correctly when we seek to connect with each other can be a real asset, so may the (word) Force be with you.

And, while you’re at it in our quest for ways to keep your language fresh and current, see more new additions from 2017 here: http://bit.ly/2Oxford

WDYT? (See the second link above for what that’s all about.)

30 Phrases NOT to use at Work! (You’re bound to recognize most of these…)

Here’s Advanced Performance Institute founder Bernard Marr’s list of 30 phrases to NOT use at work, including “move the needle,” “dive deeper,” or go after low-hanging fruit” http://linkd.in/1djCS8N

We’ve heard it–but now here’s an infographic and data citing texting really can hurt grammar!

This piece offers greater substantiation for the often-heard claim that texting is having impact on grammar and style usage of those who text.
Here’s a deeper look at the effects and possible ramifications, including an infographic and data from PR Daily: http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14519.aspx#

Granted, it IS harder and more cumbersome to try to punctuate properly when texting even if using a fairly intuitive interface, such as talk to text, word completion, etc., for the actual words themselves–but per this article (and others) the legacy that has been created by all of this convenience and sometimes even laziness is a more accepting attitude about poorly constructed communications… It’s not always true that “they’ll know what I meant”!

A great article from PR Daily… tips for avoiding low-hanging jargon!

http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/13932.aspx

Welcome to the 9th Annual National Punctuation Day!

Welcome to the 9th annual National Punctuation Day! According to organizers, the holiday “celebrates the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”

There’s even a punctuation challenge. Click here for more info! http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com/

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