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Language Conceals the Truth

George Carlin

George Carlin

“By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.”


–George Carlin

Joys of Lecturing

Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis

“When audiences come to see us authors lecture, it is largely in the hope that we’ll be funnier to look at than to read.”


–Sinclair Lewis

Vocabulary Builder

Here’s a great link to a vocabulary builder at Quizlet: Kaplan GRE Flash Cards.

Rather than scrolling through the flashcards, just scroll downward on the page to the area where the flash card content is shown in aggregate, and you’ll find a list of 500 words and their definitions. What a great, quick way to refresh your vocabulary!

And here’s a link that tells you more about Quizlet, a powerful learning resource.

Just remember this: as a writer, your job is NOT to impress people with your awesome vocabulary. Your job is to be able to convey complex concepts in an easily understandable format. Your vocabulary skills simply help you quickly grasp this information; your skill as a writer converts this knowledge into a usable format for the benefit of your readers.

As one of my professors used to say: “Your Job is to Obviate Obfuscation and Eschew Sesquipedalianism!” [Look it up; it's a JOKE : ) ]. Or, as Ralph Waldo Emerson so elegantly put it: “Simplify, simplify.”

Writing

Steve Martin

Steve Martin

“I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”


–Steve Martin

Welcome to WordPros

WORDPROS’ BLOG Celebrates Great Writing. It’s also filled with tips and tricks to help you improve your own writing skills. Whether you are a professional writer, a blogger, an Executive Secretary, or an English Major, a few basic tips can take your writing from bland to WOW.

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Weapons In the Hands of Fools

Frank Lloyd Wright “I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.”


–Frank Lloyd Wright

Journalistic Objectivity Defined

Dave Barry

Dave Barry

“We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.”


–Dave Barry

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