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Great “Word Crimes” song from Weird Al Yankovic—A parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”!

This parody is very clever and true! Weird Al Yankovic’s “Word Crimes” cited by Mashable as the perfect song for grammar snobs.

This is kind of a fun one… “Where is the speaker from?”–Try the regional dialect quiz from PBS

Try the regional dialect quiz from PBS:

5 Other Online Dictionaries You May Not Have Seen PLUS for Fun and to Check for “Safe Usage”

5 Other Online Dictionaries from Daily Writing Tips… and then Urban Dictionary for updated usage and fun: Urban Dictionary also has words/terms of the day, which are usually pretty interesting–but if you’re in PR or marketing or otherwise writing for public consumption, it’s a good idea to check Urban Dictionary periodically as some words have acquired entirely new meanings/connotations, and they may end up having some embarrassing meaning to some of your audience!

Mignon Fogarty: Grammar Tips: 7 Words You’re Probably Misusing (plus learn what it means when a phrase gets skunked!)

Check out this piece from Mignon Fogarty aka Grammar Girl on Huffington Post: “Mignon Fogarty: Grammar Tips: 7 Words You’re Probably Misusing” and there’s an added bonus because the explanation for one of them (see Just Desserts!) has some good insight into when a phrase gets “skunked.” Click through to see what that’s about, and you’re likely to find that it’s really safest to stop using any version of the phrase as part of the population is going to always think you’re wrong regardless which way you go with it!

It’s also a good guideline to follow when you’re writing copy, too–even if you’re technically right on a usage point–if it’s going to make people think you’re wrong, recast/reorder/rewrite the sentence or find another way to word it that will leave your readers at peace and getting the message.″ title=”7 Words You’re Probably Misusing”

LinkedIn Answers As a Resource…

This is a GREAT piece on how to use LinkedIn Answers. Though it was originally published in 2010–it’s still valid, and Social Media Explorer’s Jason Falls (@JasonFalls) cites that “LinkedIn Answers is probably one of the most effective, yet underused ways to build credibility and generate qualified leads using social media”–and many social media gurus agree as it’s also a way to reinforce your expertise and pay it forward in the areas in which you specialize. It’s not just about business development, for sure, though it’s definitely an asset for those in sales.

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