Not too long ago, I talked about how to address formal mail properly for the 21st century. At the end of the post, I attempted to soften the hundreds of words of etiquette by saying that even if you don’t get it totally right, it’s the effort and thought that counts.
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Is it “The Jones’” or “The Joneses”? How do you refer to families with multiple last names? What about married couples? Live-in family? A lot has changed about how you should address your holiday cards. We’re here to help …
Horror! Terror! Grammar! Halloween is supposed to be spooky, but you don’t need to be filled with fright at the thought of mastering grammar. In fact, some of the more terrifying grammar rules you were told around campfires as a kid (…No? Just me?) aren’t even real. Here’s a list of five grammar rules that have been slaughtered, slain, or were never really there in the first place [...]
Latin is a dead language. Or dead-ish. Detective Amy Santiago states in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine that “it’s just taking a long nap,” which in a way, seems more accurate. There are many reasons people continue to study Latin, despite the fact that no one really speaks it [...]
Hey! Exclamation points are used in marketing copy writing a lot! Some might say too much! I agree! Cringeworthy, isn’t it? If readers can tell that too many exclamation points creates poor writing, why don’t we recognize it as writers? Probably because exclamation points can be effective [...]
It’s the little things in life that bring real joy. A cool drink on a hot day, a favorite song on the radio, a well-placed Oxford comma. Ah, yes, the Oxford comma: grammar’s hot-button issue (you may be shocked to hear that grammatists have tempers, but oh boy—the Oxford comma gets us going) [...]
Grammar is nit-picky and tricky, and it’s constantly evolving with our culture and turning hard-and-fast rules into bendable guidelines. Yes, there are still rules, but they can be a bit obscure or not entirely enforced in colloquial speaking, so we can run into situations in which following proper grammar rules makes writing sound overly formal […]
It happens more often than I’d like to admit—someone comes to me with a grammar question, and I think I know what the answer is, but I’m not completely sure. Or I know the answer but couldn’t tell you what grammar rule I’m using to reach that conclusion. In my mind, “not completely sure” or […]
I know I talk about the importance of proofreading more than the average bear, but it deserves repeating: proofreading is important. Having polished, error-free communications is crucial in every industry—and doubly so in marketing, where messaging can play such a huge role in direct mail design. Proofreading can be tricky, but there are […]