Tall tales from the farmyard: a lot of bull

A few chuckles to warm up an otherwise chilly pre-Christmas Sunday (in the northern hemisphere, anyway) … this time, we look at bulls – and their owners…

Tall tales from the farmyard: a lot of bull

“Hey, why don’t we run down and have us a couple of those heifers?”

Surprises rule
A farmer had a black cow and a white cow and he wanted them to be mated. He borrowed the neighbouring farmer’s bull and turned it out in the paddock. He called his young son and asked him to keep watch, going in to tell him when the bull had done his business.
“Yes Dad, yes Dad,” said the little boy eagerly. [Read more…]

What to write in Christmas cards – or are they disappearing?

So many people now say they aren’t sending cards or Christmas newsletters this Holiday Season but are making a donation to charity instead … “so consider yourselves wished Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah / etc.” A bit abrupt and unfeeling perhaps?

What to write in Christmas cards - or are they disappearing?

Bland, politically sanitised greetings have replaced Santa’s cheeky poetry

And is a “virtual Christmas greeting” – i.e. emailed – as sincere as a mailed, handwritten card, or is it just a cheap and easy cop-out for people who haven’t got the time or interest to write out and send real cards?

What happened to all those glorious written Christmas messages of the past?

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How to write copy to sell a book of poems? Write more poems.

When I started promoting my latest book, Mischieverse, a friend challenged me to write original verses to advertise it and accompany the silly photos I’ve been shooting of the book’s cover. Not being one to back off a challenge (and I love writing rhymes anyway), I got down to it.

Hilarious gift for the Holidays - "Mischieverse," by Suzan St Maur

How to promote a book of naughty poetry … do what it says on the tin

Now the same friend has suggested I publish all the short promotional verses because they’re quite entertaining in their own right. I didn’t argue. Enjoy…

Sharing Mischieverse, with the universe

Friend need relief from Brexit stress? [Read more…]

Before I Was A Mom – writing from the heart

In this new series, “writing from the heart,” we look at writing that connects us with emotions and feelings and shares those through words, in a way that no other form of communication can.

We start with this lovely piece about being a mother, sent to me by my cousin Alyson from Ottawa, Canada. The original author is unknown.

Before I Was A Mom

poem about being a Mom

Before I was a Mom I had never been puked on, pooped on, spat on, chewed on, peed on.

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English business jargon and slang terms QUIZ – the answers!

At last, the long-awaited answers to Tuesday’s business jargon and slang quiz
Answers to business quiz

1.BHAGs

a) Business Hiring Among Graduates
b) Big Hairy Audacious Goals
c) British Hiring And Grading

B) – BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals): no doubt pronounced, as an acronym, as “bee-hags!” This is a term used to describe a goal or objective in business that is very ambitious and will make the business concerned really stretch itself, but is a goal that will inspire everyone to work hard to achieve it.

2.Bust someone’s chops

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Quiz: can you define all 25 of these business jargon and slang terms?

A quiz for you this week! Do you know what these 25 terms mean? Bet you don’t get them all right! Select the option you believe is correct…

These are taken from my forthcoming book, English Business Jargon & Slang, to be published in 2018 by Business Expert Press who have also published the US version of another of my books, How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs.

Business jargon and slang - quiz for you

Business jargon and slang in English … a whole new language?

Anyway, enough promotion already – let’s have some fun with the following…

Which terms can you define correctly? (Answers Friday)

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