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Finding the right words - 05/14/14

In this business, most of us are sticklers for grammar.  We love words.  We love having fun with words. 

I was reading a report that Time and Inc.com put out talking about the most commonly misused words.  These are words that, if used the wrong way in a resume or presentation, can really ruin your day.

Here are some of the words hilighted in the report:

insure vs ensure

farther vs further

illicit vs elicit

whose vs who's

Then of course: they're, their, there.  How about these misused phrases:

"all intensive purposes"

"mute point"

"whether or not"

In the big scheme of things, these aren't important but they're like fingernails on a chalkboard for me.  :)


 

 

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