“Nothing, but nothing—profanity, transgender pronouns, apostrophe abuse—excites the passion of grammar geeks more than the serial, or Oxford, comma,” according to The New Yorker. Much like asking creative types if they put one space or two after a period, demanding they pick a side in the serial-comma debate can spark fistfights, especially now that we’ve […]
I’ve never liked pure “ghostwriting”—that is, writing all of the words under someone else’s name without any input from the person who’s actually taking the credit. I’m not annoyed that I don’t share the spotlight. I just think that writing falls flat when there’s no authentic input from the “author.” This is especially true when […]
The public transition of Caitlyn Jenner and the popularity of the Amazon show “Transparent” have given words like “transgender” and “cisgender” a higher profile. At the same time, journalists and other content developers struggle with gender sensitivity in their writing—including dodging the “he or she” construction, using the “they” pronoun to represent a single individual, […]
Marketers want to “speak” to their target audiences with relevant messaging, of course. But as this post explains, trying to be edgy and fresh can sometimes lead to awkward brand moments (or, shall we say, appearing not so “on fleek”?).
One space or two after a period? We hope this post will set the record straight once for all!
Constructive feedback ensures better results when marketing collateral needs refinement. Consider these lessons on coaching the next time you feel the urge to tell a colleague to “Punch it up!”
Blame it on Miley Cyrus: Now even completely unhip people who aren’t tuned into urban culture know what “twerking” means, and this is probably not a good thing. (If you’re reading this and still don’t know about twerking, trust me, stay ignorant. Don’t look it up on Google. You’re welcome.) Mainstream media are discussing twerking, […]
The reviews are in for Inferno, the new thriller from The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, and everyone pretty much agrees that it’s a terribly written book, which is nevertheless a page-turner and will make bucketloads of cash. Rest assured that if you borrow ideas from Dan Brown’s writing for your own communications and […]
Pity the poor civil-servant writer in France, who is supposed to follow the dictates of the learned men and women of the Académie Française when it comes to choosing words to describe the Internet and online activities. The Académie is charged with maintaining the purity of the French language, and in recent years, keeping English […]
Email marketing campaigns live or die based on their ability to lure recipients into reading beyond the subject line—instead of hitting the delete key. In the wake of the election, President Obama’s digital analytics and email fundraising teams have revealed the tactics they used to convince fatigued campaign supporters not only to open emails, but […]