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Archive for Month: May 2011

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Lexiboost: “Malapropism” Is that the right word?

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 […]

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Lexiboost: “Impetus” How to Start

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 […]

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Lexiboost: “Animus” The Reason I Write

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 […]

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Lexiboost: “Loquacious” Tell Me About Yourself…

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 […]

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Lexiboost: “Superfluous” Say (Only) What You Need to Say

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 […]

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Lexiboost: “Billingsgate” Encouraging Self-Censorship

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 […]

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Lexiboost: “Contravention” Rule Observation and Violation

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 […]

On the Hunt

Grooming for the Job

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 […]