If you know me, then you know I love Disney, and especially Disney Parks. I just do. And anyone who loves Disney Parks likes nothing (except Disney Parks) as much as reading about Disney Parks. I follow several websites – MousePlanet, Theme Park Insider, WDW Magic, and more. One site I’ve valued for years has …
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.
There’s no reason to remember these – I just figured heck, it’s the end of the year, let’s do something interesting.
The English language is absolutely mucked up about this, so if you’re constantly getting apostrophes wrong, don’t feel bad. Our rule set here is silly, and we use the same character for too many things.
These are two pet peeves of mine. First, affect is something you can do. I seek to affect the way we vote. The effect is what happens. The effect of my activities has been negligible.
This one happens a lot in the tech world: After declining for months, we tried a new tactic to increase ROI. Ugh.
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.
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 …
There’s kind of a rash going around, with people creating and deploying self-signed certificates in all manner of situations. Stop it. Here’s why.
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 …