More tricky words and how to use them in your writing

Ever since I wrote about commonly misused words, I’ve been seeing tricky words misused everywhere!  Here are my additions to the original list. Some of these tricky words were suggested to me and others have cropped up in a range of newspapers, online news sites, newsletters and social media. Many of these pairs of words … Continue reading More tricky words and how to use them in your writing

Need something new to make your writing sparkle?

Here’s a little-known, beautiful word to add to your lexicon Solivagant – meaning to ramble alone; to be a solitary wanderer. Solivagant comes from the Latin solus, meaning alone, and vagans, to wander. Solivagant carries echoes of soul, and vagrant, and vacant. So your character who loves to take long, introspective walks along lonely beaches … Continue reading Need something new to make your writing sparkle?

A handy list of substitutes for some tired workplace jargon

Managerial language, suitspeak, weasel words… it’s hard to say exactly what we dislike about jargon, and why we groan inwardly when we hear it. They start as buzzwords, then worm their way into our consciousness and become part of our own language. When it’s time to write a report or blog post, we can’t find … Continue reading A handy list of substitutes for some tired workplace jargon

Listening to ‘Truth, bullsh*t and weasel words’

It has nothing to do with love, and everything to do with the fact that I can’t stand corporate speak. Anybody who loves clear writing knows – and loves – Don Watson. I took the opportunity to hear him speak as part of Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney’s public events program last week. His books on … Continue reading Listening to ‘Truth, bullsh*t and weasel words’