Ignorant does not mean rude, disrespectful, or bad-mannered. Ignorant means unaware, unknowing, or uneducated, so for example, ignorant of the rules. Interestingly, stupid refers to lack of ability, while ignorant refers to lack of knowledge.
So, think about that the next time that you mean that someone is rude, before you say that he is ignorant!
How many times do we hear great words, and how many times do we incorporate them—or try to!—into our daily lives and practices? This list has several of those such words that have been favorites of mine over time. They came to me just when I needed to hear them again. Perhaps they may be just what you needed today.
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Presentation with Grossman Yanak & Ford,
Last week, I presented my Quick Fixes for Everyday Grammar Blunders as part of an all-day training session for the staff of Grossman Yanak & Ford, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. They were an energetic group with lots of interactive discussion and questions. I followed a presentation by Melissa McGavick, DTM, of Toastmasters International. I was able to hear a good part of her topic and was thankful that the elements that she reviewed of a good presentation were all a part of mine. Whew! Included in my presentation was a review of Like-itis, the incessant repetition of the word, like, as a filler or crutch word, while speaking. This is a part of every Toastmasters meeting in the role of the Grammarian/Ah Counter. It was the perfect addition to her material!Here are some of the comments that I received following my presentation:- Great presentation. I did not realize how many items I needed to have clarified.
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- I liked the real-life quotes you presented. Thanks for the outline and references.
- Very informative slides. Presentation was very practical.
- Your presentation was very interesting and informative. You’re very knowledgeable about common grammatical errors.
- I felt it was informative and well done. It’s hard to make grammar entertaining, but you succeeded at it.
- This was a strong and in-depth presentation that was applicable since we rely on written communication.
- This was very informational. You were very helpful in identifying common pitfalls.- Informative. Good Q&A. Liked the real examples.- Very good refresher of grammar and punctuation. The presentation was informative and entertaining.
I really enjoy presenting this material, and that group gave me some good ideas for some new topics! Let me work with your organization to help your staff to brush up on grammar and punctuation, add a little polish to their writing and speaking style, and help to present your company more professionally and confidently. Call me at 412.848.2053 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here I am with Colleen Febbraro, Human Resources, GYF, and Melissa McGavick, Toastmasters
- Is your professional organization in search of a dynamic speaker?
- Are you in need of professional material for an upcoming conference or workshop?
- Do your employees lack confidence in their communication skills that could be perceived by clients as lack of concern or sloppiness?
- Could your customer service team use a little polish in their communication in client-facing activities?
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The epidemic of bad grammar has been hitting the news for quite some time. The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and The New York Times all have headlines that cite the alarmingly high percentages of correspondence among adults and business professionals that contain grammatical errors. With the explosive growth of email and texting over our phones, and the resulting need for brevity, our communication skills have really taken a beating!
Grammar is hardly an attractive topic! It can be intimidating, dull and dry. Why do I do this? Watching someone’s face and seeing that Ah, I get it! during a presentation is exactly why I do this. I love teaching, and I love knowing that I am helping, if only one little bit at a time. It is so rewarding for me to hear someone say, “Thank you. I learned a lot from you today!”
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Yes, you can have fun with grammar!
October 10, 7pm, Mt. Lebanon Library
October 25, 7pm, Cooper-Siegel Library, Fox Chapel
November 5, 7pm, South Park Library
November 10, 1pm, Carnegie Library, Oakland
December 10, 6pm, Intl. Assn. of Admin. Professionals, Downtown
I will be presenting Quick Fixes to Everyday Grammar Blunders in the following locations:
Sept. 20, 7 pm, Upper St. Clair Library
Oct. 10, 7 pm, Mt. Lebanon Library
Oct. 25, 7 pm, Cooper-Siegel Library, Fox Chapel
Nov. 5, 7 pm, South Park Library
Nov. 10, 1 pm, Carnegie Main Library, Oakland
Details available on websites of those locations. Or, send me an email at email@example.com for more information. I hope to see you there!
Here are a few of the everyday grammar blunders that I typically review in my presentations:
1. After hearing her news, I felt bad/badly for her.
2. Just between you and I/me, I could use some advise/advice on how to proceed.
3. Your/You’re welcome. It was no problem.
4. They’re/Their/There going away to they’re/their/there vacation home.
5. I want to go to, to
6. He was really affected/effected by the medication. He felt the affects/effects immediately.
7. You can’t lose/loose with this policy. Its/It’s coverage at its/it’s best.
See answers below.
1. Bad. In this case, the word “felt” is used as a linking verb rather an action verb, so an adjective is used rather than an adverb.
2. Me. “Between” is a preposition, and so therefore an obect of the preposition should be used rather than a subject.
Advice. This phrase is seeking an object, so hence needs a noun. Advise is a verb.
3. You’re: you are welcome. Your is a possessive pronoun, which is not what is needed here.
4. They’re: they are going to their (shows possession) house.
5. Too: also.
6. Affected: verb. Effects: noun.
7. Lose: verb. It’s: it is; its: possession.
This is a very brief list of some of the topics that I cover on a regular basis. I go into much more detail than I have here and provide examples that help you to understand why we sometimes use the wrong form, what is correct, and tricks for remembering the correct usage. I would be happy to talk with you about developing a program for your organization.