Don Jones®

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Folks talk all the time about the “Mentor/Mentee” relationship. Let me say up front that I absolutely recognize how language shifts and evolves over time, and that there’s no point railing against some linguistic nitpick. But Imma do it anyway.

Using passive voice isn’t wrong, not in any way. In fact, most of your college writing courses probably preferred it. It’s just awkward outside the college setting, and it makes your writing bloody hard to read for non-native speakers of English. So go active.

Categories: Rant

This isn’t actually a “policing” situation – it’s just something I thought you might find interesting. Writers – especially technical writers – often have to work within the scope of globalization. Globalization is a way of writing that lends itself to localization, which is the process of translating a communication into another language and culture. For example, you can help globalize …

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You do not utilize a computer. You use a computer. verb (used with object), used, using. 1. to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife. 2. to avail oneself of; apply to one’s own purposes: to use the facilities. 3. to expend or consume in use: We have used the money provided. 4. to treat or behave toward: He did not use his employees with much consideration. 5. to take unfair advantage of; exploit: to use people to gain one’s own ends. 6. to drink, smoke, or ingest habitually: to use drugs. 7. to habituate or accustom. Utilize is a word often used by people who think that it makes them sound smarter, because “z” and all that. These people are wrong. The word utilize is generally …

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