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Dos and Don'ts for Using Industry Jargon

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jan 25, 2018 7:30:00 AM

writing implementsAs a writer, your job is to make your writing enjoyable and easy to understand. That applies to everything you write, whether it’s a manual, a text book, a report, or any other type of technical writing that isn’t typically known as being “enjoyable” reading material.

Writers will often use industry jargon to make their writing easier to read and understand. But—as every reader knows—it doesn’t always work. In some cases, using industry jargon provides clarity. But in other cases, industry jargon will leave readers bewildered, frustrated, or bored.

So, how do you know when and how to use industry jargon so that your writing is clearer and easier to read? Continue reading to learn more.

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Topics: slang, jargon, using jargon

How Grammar Has Changed Generationally

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Nov 23, 2016 7:30:00 AM


When sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner this year, you can describe the meal as scrumptious and know none of your older family members can accuse you of making up words.

Since 2000, Oxford English Dictionary has made quarterly amendments to revise, update, and add new entries. This accelerated cadence is surely a sign of how quickly our language is morphing, growing, and if you ask older generations – falling apart!

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Topics: slang, trends in language

Is It Ever Okay to Use Slang in Your Business Communications?

Posted by Conni Eversull   May 18, 2016 7:30:00 AM

With the advent of instant messaging and texting, it may seem like we’ve lost all sense of the English language.

Sometimes the use of “u” instead of “you” or saying “gotta” or “wanna” instead of “have to” or “want to” can easily creep into things like email or memos. But here’s the question - is this okay in a business setting?

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Topics: slang, business communications

Video: Could you care less?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Apr 3, 2013 5:30:00 AM

How often have you heard someone say they "could care less" about something? Watch this GrammarTip video to find out why this slang expression is often misused.

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Topics: slang, slang expressions, GrammarTip video, Video

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