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Monthly Archives: May 2011

LexiBoost Du Jour: Malapropism (n.): an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. So I am tempted to write about this, but really the pic speaks for itself… Just remember: Proofreading is not just checking for spelling errors, it’s ensuring appropriate usage: LOL! http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/5260/slide_5260_72284_small.jpg

LexiBoost Du Jour: Impetus (n.): a moving force; impulse; stimulus Sometimes just getting started is the most difficult part. Whether it’s drafting a new resume or writing an introduction for a paper or beginning the first chapter of a book. It’s that first line that often gets us and holds up progress. We call it writer’s block. The key to… Read more »

The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald LexiBoost Du Jour: Animus (n.): the animating purpose; intention. I love this exploration with words that I’ve embarked upon. I heard somewhere that the average American vocabulary range is shrinking each year and that we in fact… Read more »

LexiBoost Du Jour: Loquacious (adj.): talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous “So, tell me about yourself…” It’s that dreaded statement. I get it. Trust me, I do. I have found myself frozen at the very start of the ss in “So”. You know it’s coming and yet it seems you’re still never prepared. Again,… Read more »

LexiBoost Du Jour: Superfluous (adj.): being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. Faux pas aren’t just in fashion; resumes are riddled with them. One on the top of my list (and many others) is excess.  You have to learn when to trim the fat. It is rarely ever appropriate to be superfluous. There are times when more is more…. Read more »

LexiBoost Du Jour: Billingsgate (n.): Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language. Walking down the street the other day, I heard the most creative and inappropriate string of expletives. I would explain the situation, but really it doesn’t matter. It could have been a mother reprimanding her child, or a female expressing her distaste to a male of interest, or friends… Read more »

LexiBoost Du Jour: Contravention (n.): an act of contravening;  action counter to something; violation or opposition. It’s not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.  ~ T.S. Eliot Before you try to contravene the rules of writing, take the time to learn them. English is indeed a living language–word usage and definitions change, yes–but the basics… Read more »

Grooming for the Job

Posted on May 5, 2011 In: Lexicon, On the Hunt

Kate E. Stephenson–One Stop Pub-Shop–All your editing, writing and publishing needs! Ok, so by now it should be common sense that you should dress for the job you want. But I also know that common sense is anything but common. So here are a few simple tips for the interview that should be apparent, but maybe aren’t. Shower and Brush…. Read more »

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