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There are plenty of manners topics to be discussed in regards to the office environment, so I welcome you to Office Manners, Part Deux. Being in an office atmosphere should naturally breed a better set of manners, but it is amazing how lax some people are in the workplace -- and a place...
- September 22, 2008
Today’s topic is the complex-compound sentence.  Most writers worth their fingertip calluses begin as avid readers. We read books, magazines, and websites indiscriminately until we start to notice the writing itself and marvel at the many forms a sentence can take. The complex-compound...
- September 19, 2008
It seems many of us are traveling more these days with business trips and conventions across America and the world. Many times we are interested in how others can make our stays a little nicer. But when I was in a hotel recently, I began thinking of all the things that I could do for others as I...
- September 15, 2008
Especially, especially, especially...Oh, man, it's pronounced i-spesh-uh-lee. That means I've been saying it wrong for forty years. How embarrassing. Worse I got it wrong in front of thousands. And of course, I didn't just say it wrong once. In the first six episodes I used the word...
- September 12, 2008
  Hi there, The Digital Marketer here, ready to help you put the power of the Internet and technology to work for your business. Seesmic, Ustream, Qik spelled Q-I-K. Video on the web has moved beyond highly produced productions that are digitized and uploaded to video sharing sites like...
- September 11, 2008
Fact: Elevators are fun. As a kid, you want to push the buttons -- wait -- "We're going up now; it's time to jump!!"  Who didn't love elevators? But, through all the fun as a child, no one remembered to tell us how to act on an elevator as an adult. Now you're all...
- September 08, 2008
I'm humbly accepting the Modern Manners Guy reins from the ever gracious Adam Lowe. And I just want you to know that I really appreciate you all listening to the show, but I really don't think it's going to work out between us. Er, wait. It's not you, it's me. Er, wait. You'...
- September 02, 2008
Today’s topic is collective nouns, nouns that describe a group, such as “family,” “orchestra,” and “board.” Guest-writer Bonnie Trenga writes, There are around 200 collective nouns in the English language (1). Sometimes they take a singular verb, but...
- September 02, 2008
Today's topic is words that can get you into trouble. Bonnie Trenga writes: Once upon a time, some mistaken citizens stood up for American principals, p-r-i-n-c-i-p-a-l-s. Across the Atlantic, a nutty queen sat on her thrown, t-h-r-o-w-n. Somewhere nearby, an inattentive writer poured...
- August 29, 2008
Reader Christine wrote in with a request: "I'd like to know the difference between the words insure and ensure, as in I-N-S-U-R-E and E-N-S-U-R-E. When writing, I often find myself backspacing so I can replace the word ensure with make certain and not feel like I've gotten it...
- August 26, 2008
More than 10 years ago Joe worked for me. He was a good employee, hard-working, thorough, and very likable.  I fired him! You heard me right, I fired him! Why? Because he naively forwarded a joke and it offended someone. Joe had violated corporate policy and I was forced to let him go. 5...
- August 22, 2008
[Note: See the revised 2014 article for a newer take on begs the question.] Ellen at Swarthmore said she would appreciate it if I talk about the misuse of the phrase begs the question. "I keep seeing it as a way to say The question begs to be asked or The question that should be...
- August 19, 2008
For this show, Twilight from the Twilight and Thebes Show called in with a question about homophones: I'm confused with the word through, [as in] "I looked through this pile of papers." It can't be threw because I'm not throwing the papers. So is it thru? But then whenever...
- August 14, 2008
We're happy to to have guest contributor Trent Armstrong's help in answering a young listener's question about the pursuit of love. We recently received an e-mail from a young man, whose name we'll leave out to protect his privacy: “There is a girl that I can't stop...
- August 14, 2008
Your hostess with the mostest, Bonnie Trenga, is back for more on comparisons. In a previous show, we talked about when to use “more” and “most” or the suffixes “-er” and “-est” to make comparisons using adjectives and adverbs. In this show, we...
- August 12, 2008

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