When it comes to effective public speaking, grammar is important, yet I sometimes hear even the most accomplished presenters pause a little uncertainly before coming out with one of the three pronouns me, myself, or I. Unfortunately, it's often the wrong one. Could that person sometimes … [Read more...] about Do You Stumble over Me, Myself, or I When You Speak?
Do you sometimes catch yourself wondering if you are messing up the usage of me, myself or I and not using these words correctly? Or do you sometimes hear someone else using one of those words; and somehow their usage doesn't sound right to you, but you're not sure who is right, you or that … [Read more...] about Me, Myself, or I – Do You Suffer from Pronoun Puzzlement?
In previous blog posts, I have stated my firm belief that good grammar is good business; and that bad grammar detracts from your authority and expert status. However, it is not only bad grammar that can trip us up. Incorrect word usage can have the same deleterious effect on our … [Read more...] about Insure? Ensure? Not Sure?
The English language is filled with spelling booby traps that are just waiting to trick the unwary. Unfortunately, while we don't usually get extra credit for correctly writing emails, sales copy, etc.; mistakes in basic grammar can cost us credibility points with precisely those people we wish … [Read more...] about It’s (or Its?) about Being Professional and Credible
It is a great relief to me to know that I am not the only grammar nerd (or nut) around. Perhaps it's because I taught two foreign languages and had a minor in English; but proper usage has always been important to me. I really have to bite my tongue sometimes when someone says something that … [Read more...] about Are You Also a Grammar Nerd?