Monday, June 11, 2018

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

Have you checked out the latest edition (May/June 2018) of Words of the Month,” my free vocabulary enrichment feature, which has been online for about ten days? 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. bilious

2. doleful

3. prostitute (as verb)

4. bonhomie

5. cabal

6. alacrity

 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The President Avoided a Difficult Vote in Congress by “Enacting a Cirque du Soleil Way of Getting Around It”—Use of Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize One’s Point

Here’s a recent example of a highly effective communicator using a vivid, evocative expression while emphasizing something and thus making his assertion indelible—an example which, I hope, will inspire the rest of us into similarly imaginative analogies, especially when we are trying to break through the clutter.

  • Discussing his new book “Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act” on “Face the Nation” this past February, Joseph Califano, who was a “crucial advisor” to President Johnson and a cabinet secretary under President Carter, lamented the fact that, over the past 50 years, successive presidents had become increasingly powerful by usurping the powers of Congress. Citing the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran as a recent example, Califano pointed out that Obama and the Democrats were able to avoid a problematic vote in Congress (problematic because of the “Jewish vote” and “Jewish money”) by “enacting a really, you know, the Cirque du Soleil way of getting around it.”
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Vocabulary Expansion Words: New Edition of “Words of the Month”

I apologize for the inordinate delay in posting this announcement: The January/ February 2018 edition of Words of the Month--my free vocabulary enrichment feature--has been up for over five weeks now. 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. phlegmatic
2. emollient
3. apoplectic
4. byzantine
5. captious
6. effete

 

Friday, February 2, 2018

An Outright Affront to Humanity: the Indescribable Suffering of Children in Yemen


This is the clip referred to in the main example for "phlegmatic" -- featured word in the upcoming January/February 2018 edition of "Words of the Month." And yes, this staggering humanitarian crisis, one of the worst since World War II, is man-made. The principal cause? The incessant and indiscriminate bombing by Saudi Arabia.



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