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Speak up

Speak up

Time to hit the stage again I have an occasion to give a short talk to a live audience soon, and I must admit that I’m a bit nervous about it. Though I’ve been going on stage since I was three when my parents started me in dance lessons, I’m still nervous when I have...

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Words and music

Words and music

Not just a movie anymore. If your mother wasn’t a film fan when you were a munchkin like mine was (and still is), you may not have heard of the movie musical Words and Music with some of the golden-est stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood. This was one star-packed...

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Terms that define us

Terms that define us

Dictionaries perfectly summarize a year with just one word Every year, the world's leading dictionaries add new words. It's quite the tradition. We've been inventing new words since we were grunting at each other. We still grunt at each other, but we also talk at and...

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There are two kinds of people in the world . . .

There are two kinds of people in the world . . .

No, it’s not the beginning of a bad joke or patronizing statement That statement is my take on the foundation of communication because there are fundamentally two types of communication styles: introverts and extroverts. Oh yes, there are a lot of shadings and nuances...

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How to drive a word nerd crazy

How to drive a word nerd crazy

If you really hate me go ahead and misuse these words Almost everyone's guilty of nearly unpardonable sins, such as confusing their/they're/there, use/utilize and then/than. We must earn forgiveness by using the English language properly, not abusing it. But if you...

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Weird words or pandemic panic

Weird words or pandemic panic

‘Pandemic’ is, not surprisingly, the word of the year for 2020, according to the folks at Merriam Webster. It’s cousins COVID (not really a word but an acronym) and virus are right up there, too. Every year, the world's leading dictionaries add new words. It's quite...

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