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What it is: Clearly and concisely defining your product or service

Miniature Danish-Norwegian-French dictionary, via Tomasz Sienicki, Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons Before you grimace, let’s get one thing straight: this post doesn’t necessarily concern marketing or advertising; it concerns writing clearly and concisely. Yes, I’m going to use businesses’ websites —

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British English and the use of the word 'holidays'

Those of you knowledgeable in British English: I need to know what word or words you predominately use to refer to “a day often marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event.” I’m cognizant of the

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Posted in Linguistics, Web Content Creation, Writing

Autumn 2011 Write Edit Teach Update from the Author

Hello, all! I just wanted to give you a brief update on what’s going on with me. I just wrapped up over two months of English teaching at a summer camp in Spain. In fact, it’s the same camp that

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Consistent web design, writing of web content (redux)

I know its bordering on passé to write blog posts criticizing people and businesses for their shortcomings, but I feel it necessary to present another example of what I discussed over a week ago. In that post I discussed how

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Consistent web design, writing of web content key

Briefly, here are a couple of observations I made while researching Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for a client today: 1.Be clear and consistent with your site’s navigation. A frustrating example today was (For some reason my thoughts drifted

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Do Internet-connected books have a future sooner than later?

Books that are connected to the Internet may have many advantages, but will publishers, authors and the public play along? The combination of two interesting articles I read today has my brain spinning with ideas about the future of writing,

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An update from the author…

To anyone who reads this, I’m still alive. You probably know through either my main Web site or my Twitter account that I spent a third summer teaching English at a Spanish summer camp. But you may be asking why

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Malamanteau, English, and the evolution of language

The headline “Wikipedia goes crazy after XKCD has a strip that ‘invents’ a new word” on social news site Reddit screamed at me this morning. I just knew there was going to be something interesting to come from this. As

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Posted in Linguistics

More blog writing outside of

Hey all! I just wanted to let you all know that I’m doing some writing outside of this blog. Michael and the very kind folks over at (which moved to have given me yet another forum for writing.

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Posted in Teaching and Tutoring, Web Content Creation

Complexity, critical thinking, and how we write, edit, and teach

              Overcoming complexity requires critical thinking and reasoning skills, which are essential for most people who write, edit, and teach. The above text comes from inputting my blog address into the site, which

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