Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Strengthening Your Command of the Language: New Edition of “Words of the Month”

Have you checked out the latest edition (November/ December 2018) of Words of the Month,” my free vocabulary enrichment feature, which has been online for about a month? Here are the six featured words, all of which lie within the conversational vocabulary of America’s most articulate (as is the case with all of the words featured in my book, The Articulate Professional-3rd Edition”):

1. rhapsodize

2. guileless

3. tenable

4. cantankerous

5. hegemon

6. elephantine

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Strengthening Your Command of the Language: New Edition of “Words of the Month”

Have you checked out the latest edition (September/ October 2018) of Words of the Month,” my free vocabulary enrichment feature, which has been online since early October? Here are the six featured words, all of which lie within the conversational vocabulary of America’s most articulate (as is the case with all of the words featured in my book, The Articulate Professional-3rd Edition”):

1. defenestration

2. sublimate

3. extravaganza

4. irrepressible

5. ignoble

6. nihilistic

Monday, October 1, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Strengthening Your Command of the Language: New Edition of “Words of the Month”

Have you checked out the latest edition (July/August 2018) of Words of the Month,” my free vocabulary enrichment feature, which has been online since August 9? Here are the six featured words, all of which lie within the conversational vocabulary of America’s most articulate (as is the case with all of the words featured in my book, The Articulate Professional-3rdEdition”):

1. apotheosis

2. feckless

3. serendipitous

4. affront

5. irascible

6. impudent

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

This Case is "a Live Torpedo in the Water”; “A Calling Card for Pigeons”—Use of Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize One’s Point

Here are some recent examples of highly effective communicators using a vivid, evocative expression while emphasizing something and thus making their assertion indelible--examples which, I hope, will inspire the rest of us into similarly imaginative analogies, especially when we are trying to break through the clutter.

  • While commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow ruling in favor of the Colorado baker who had refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his Christian faith, Jonathan Turley, the renowned professor of law at The George Washington University, said during an appearance on the BBC: “The Court punted...it ruled in his favor on very limited grounds (saying that the baker did not get his full due process, (i.e., a full hearing on his grievances). The result: It’s very likely that the Court will have to opine on this (free speech issue) very soon—it’s a live torpedo in the water in terms of constitutional law.”
 
  • As you thumb through photographer Andrew Garn’s new book “The New York Pigeon—Behind the Feathers,” this hitherto much maligned bird will quickly climb to an all-new level of respect and admiration in your firmament. The pictures, many of which are stunning thanks to the lighting and the background, capture--among other things--the pigeons’ astonishing diversity and the iridescence of their feathers. Among the other amazing facts that emerge: these birds are so punctilious about cleanliness that when there is a lack of water, they “bathe themselves in the snow—get snowflakes under their feathers,” the author told the BBC. Indeed, Garn was not exaggerating when he added: “I wanted this book to be a calling card for pigeons—if they could walk around with this book, they could say, ‘Hey, look at us. We are actually quite beautiful!’”

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