Language

Stepping into 2021

As I’d planned, my first book of the new year is ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron. The book is designed to be a course to artistic recovery over 12 weeks with exercises at the end of each chapter. Today was my first day of writing the morning pages. I […]

The Read-Write Debate

Should we write as we speak or speak as we write?   According to Jyoti Sanyal, author of “Indlish—the book for every English-Speaking Indian”, this debate has been going on for centuries. He says that written English began as a write-as-you speak movement. Casual, simple writing was encouraged. A good […]

New Words in the English Lexicon

Bucknor: (n) (adj) 1. Temporary blindness leading to missing out on the obvious. 2. To be at the wrong place at the wrong time. 3. Situations leading to grave judgmental errors. Usage: I feel bucknored by my boss;  Life often throws a bucknor at you. Benson: (n) (adj) 1. Something […]

Top Ten Tips on Business Writing

It doesn’t take much to improve the quality of most business writing. Just muttering “shorter, clearer, stronger” in each editor’s ear twice a day will take you a surprisingly long way. This down-to-earth “how-to” guide for editors and writers will take you a long way in the right direction. Know […]

Interesting facts about English

China has more English speakers than the United States . The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the english language. (Sentences containing every letter of the alphabet are called “pangrams”, or “holalphabetic sentences”.) “Bookkeeper” is the only word in English language with […]