Words (from Marie Lyon)

Cindy,  I agree that words like “you know”, “like”, “to make a long story short” are overkill in conversations.  Here are some that I notice each time they are used –  “I’m good”, “really unique”, “very rare”, and “no problem”.  I especially took note of one of our summer guests, a German woman with a…

Communication Pool: Grammar Challenge!

This was exactly what an expert botanist said in a TV news interview: “The image on the bill looks more or less exactly like the Norwegian maple.” What is wrong with it? Can you improve the sentence?

Communication Pool: Writexercise!

…and still another example of a memo from the same source: looking at some of your labour schedule summaries, most are over by at lease 1.5%????? you need to do your schedule hour by hour if you make $150 you should only have 3 people on etc…. please relook at your schdules and adjust accordinly!…

Grammar Pool: Writexercise!

This is actual text from an official memo from a district manager at a well-known company. Who can say what’s wrong with it? THE MATS HAVE ARRIVED! PLEASE ENSURE THEY ARE DEEP CLEANED NIGHTLY! WITH HOT SOAPY WATER! AND YOUR FLOORS ARE DONE MORE OFTEN THEN THEY ARE NOW, WITH HOT FRESH WATER EVERY 15…