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Weeknote 22: IT jargon, style sheets and air pollution

This week, I’ve been thinking about jargon. You get a lot of jargon when working in a technical job, and you get a lot of jargon when working in HR. I’m editing some IT job descriptions at the moment, so

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Weeknote 15: Heatwaves, podcasts and the benefits of being quiet

One of the joys of being self-employed is the flexibility, and I’m particularly grateful for this when the weather gets hot. I’ve been experimenting with different working patterns, including siestas and  working at night. (I haven’t done the laptop-in-the-garden thing

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Weeknote 9: Euphemisms and poems

I had an interesting letter from Honda this week about a safety recall. Not interesting because of the content but because of the style.

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Weeknote 6: Writing, editing and rock’n’roll

I found a great quote on LinkedIn this week. Content strategist Melanie Seibert commented on a post about writing:  ‘To be a good writer, you have to be a good critical thinker. (Greek word for “word” is “logos,” the basis

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Style guides for the 21st century (part 2): A universal style guide?

Last month, I found myself in a second-hand bookshop looking for some holiday reading. I think I actually squealed with excitement when I saw a copy of Steven Pinker’s recent book The Sense of Style. At this point I realised

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