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Snotty words and phrases: why you mustn’t write them

Do you ever write snotty (i.e. pompous, patronising, condescending) words or phrases … I hope, by accident?

Pompous language

Meet the Snotties.

It’s alarmingly easy to write stuff you think is precise and correct, only to find that as far as your target audience is concerned you come across as a pretentious old/young goat.

Who, moi? My writing is pompous, snotty and stuffy?

Could be. [Read more…]

Awful business video – and how it must tell a story

Do you know the feeling when you watch a presentation and think, these people don’t know what the f*** they’re talking about?

Article on business video

There is a BIG difference between knowing how to work a video camera and knowing how to make a video that isn’t awful. 

That happened to me recently when I watched a presentation about video in the 21st century. And it wasn’t about selfie-Facebook live videos, which have an excuse for being awful. It was about commissioned video that’s supposed to promote your business. [Read more…]

13 handy, er, household hints…

We spend so much time on the higher intellectual planes of work, internet etc … but some good old common-sense advice is still, er, invaluable for the basic things in life.

humor about household tips

Before trying to remove a stain from a garment always circle it in permanent pen, so you know where to check if the stain has gone after laundering.

Forget the digital world: take this practical household advice…

…and try not to laugh too hard… [Read more…]

Pony jokes for daughters (and you may need them too)

Pony-mad children are gathering momentum for the northern hemisphere’s equestrian extravaganzas as schools close down for the summer.

Funny jokes about ponies

What’s the difference between a pony and a banana? Have you ever tried to peel a pony?

As most parents and other adult relatives/friends will know, such activities breed very high levels of adolescent hormones and resultant stress, anxiety, petulance, tantrums, sheer bloody mindedness and more: mainly, if not almost exclusively, amongst girls.

And these can cover a very wide range of disciplines, even within the pony confines. For example: [Read more…]

So, so tempting to write back and ….

Do you ever get a marketing message in your email preview window that makes you long to write back using every expletive you can remember? Plus a few?

So, so tempting to write back and ....

Because you’ve been so kind, I’ll let you hand feed a live goat to my 34 snakies.

And even more so because it’s spam, yet treats you like an idiot? Here’s one that had me seething…

(Subject line of email) Monday or Tuesday?
(Sub-subject line) This email is about an appointment I would like to arrange for on Monday 19th

Hello,
How has your week been? [Read more…]

Rolling the RRRs of English business jargon and slang…

Do you rock when you rise and shine, or does someone have to reach out and railroad you? More of our ridiculous language’s jargon and slang, for business and beyond.

Jargon and slang used for business in English

Do you Rock when you Rock a fashionable outfit?

Railroad: to force, or at least to press, a project or process through to rapid completion, often without proper concern for people and places that might be adversely affected by it. The term is thought to originate from the days in the 19th century when railroads (railways) were being built at speed in many countries.

Raincheck: a postponement due to unforeseen circumstances. This word – sometimes shown as two words – comes from the USA and was used when a baseball game had to be called off due to bad weather… [Read more…]

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