Lexiboost: “Listless” We got spirit! How about you?
By Eileen Ramos Listless (adj): having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent There is nothing worse than a completely listless piece of writing. There is no protagonist to root for. No enticing plot to follow. No lesson to learn from. No point to read at …read more →
Lexiboost: “Battology” (Don’t) repeat after me
By Eileen Ramos Battology (n.): wearisome repetition of words in speaking or writing. There are few things that annoy me more than battology. To hear or read the same words over and over is extremely grating on the nerves. If you want to avoid annoying your audience, review your piece. …read more →
Lexiboost: “Cupidity” Desperation is not sexy
Cupidity (n.): eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice. While the word may manifest images of a cherubic angel with a heart-shaped bow, cupidity is seriously not cute. There is a fine line between ambition and cupidity. Ambition can be admirable whereas cupidity is just ugly. When …read more →
Lexiboost: “Obdurate” Choose your battles wisely
Obdurate (adj.): Not changing in response to argument or other influence. It is good to stand your ground but you have to choose carefully about when you should relent and when not to give in. When it comes to your job, be especially cautious; you don’t want to lose your …read more →
Lexiboost: “Resile” The choice is yours
Resile (v.): 1. To spring back; rebound; resume the original for or position as an elastic body. 2. To shrink back; recoil You have two choices to make; either rebound or shrink away from adversity. To resile is a tricky action because it means to do both. But there is …read more →
Lexiboost: “Verve” That’s the spirit!
Verve (n.): 1. Enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit. 2. Vivaciousness; liveliness; animation. Not only should you show enthusiasm in your cover letter but you must also display it in the interview as well. And if you can’t then maybe you shouldn’t apply for the job. …read more →
Lexiboost: “Gaffe” Did I do that?
Gaffe (n.): 1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas. 2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment. We all have made gaffes, some more glaring than others. The best thing to do when you commit a faux pas while on a job interview is to pardon yourself and keep going. Don’t …read more →
Lexiboost: “Kaput” One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
Kaput (adj.): 1. Ruined; done for; demolished. 2. Unable to operate or continue. Don’t discard your deletions yet, even if it looks kaput. It might be debris now but it could transform into something fantastic with just some time spent on it. The fragments of a manuscript could be the …read more →
Lexiboost: “Unbidden” Where did you come from?
Unbidden (adj.): not ordered or commanded; spontaneous. Not asked or summoned; uninvited. You’re in an interview with a prospective employer and things are going well. Your attire is neat and professional. Your body language is open and energetic. You have a great rapport going on with your interviewer. But suddenly, …read more →
Lexiboost: “Doldrums” Snap out of it!
Doldrums (n.): a. A period of stagnation or slump. We all have had the doldrums; those times when our writing isn’t going our way and we aren’t sure it ever will. Writer’s block can be debilitating but with these tips you can boost your writing spirit again. Read a favorite …read more →