Insidious idioms: Tips for avoiding racist language

Insidious idioms: Tips for avoiding racist language

By its nature, an idiom tends to obscure its literal meaning – that’s part of its creative power. But that power also allows some idioms to carry racist undertones into our writing – even if the writer doesn’t intend it and many readers don’t notice. Apparently...
The three COVID clichés it’s time to stop using

The three COVID clichés it’s time to stop using

From the places we can’t go to the friends we can’t see, COVID-19 has narrowed our horizons in some pretty profound ways. One thing it hasn’t narrowed, however, is our vocabulary. In fact, this pandemic has added so many new words and phrases to our lexicon that even...
Are you fluent in Christmas? Try our quiz!

Are you fluent in Christmas? Try our quiz!

Season’s greetings, joy to the world and ho ho ho – the festive season is here again! But how much do you know about the stories behind your favourite Christmas words, phrases, songs and stories? Take our quiz to test your Christmas knowledge and get schooled in all...
Holiday reading guide 2020

Holiday reading guide 2020

Looking forward to some downtime over the holiday season? Why not spend it with a good book! Here are our pick of books to lose yourself in this year. The selection includes new works from Zadie Smith and Kate Grenville, a guide to user-friendly design, the horrible...
How to get to the point in writing and speeches

How to get to the point in writing and speeches

The point of this blog is that rhetorical pieces of writing like blogs and speeches should have a point. One that’s so strong and clear that people remember it and can act on it – should action be desired. I should stop right here. Job done! But a point without an...
Seven tips for becoming a top technology writer

Seven tips for becoming a top technology writer

Want to become a great technology writer? Someone who can bend the written word to their will to explain and persuade in the high-value realms of computing and telecommunications? Or perhaps you cover another topic, such as business, cars or even home improvement,...

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