Sunday, February 3, 2019

Quick Quiz: Which Word Did Actress Glenn Close Have in Mind When She Misspoke and Uttered “Sublimated” During Her Golden Globes Speech? A Case of "Synaptic Malfunction"


Under preparation. Will be posted by the weekend of February 9-10.

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

“A Whitman’s Sampler Holiday Assortment of Federal Charges”—Use of Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize One’s Point

Here is 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. 

  • Appearing on PBS “NewsHour” just a few hours after President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had pled guilty to numerous charges, Michael Mukasey, the U.S. Attorney General under President Bush 43, was asked by host Judy Woodruff to elaborate a bit on Cohen’s legal jeopardy. Mukasey’s response: “Well, he’s facing a Whitman’s Sampler holiday assortment of federal charges, including tax fraud, income tax evasion, and the like.”
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    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