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Word of the day – Conscious and conscience

Conscious is being awake and aware: “He was conscious during the operation.” “She was conscious of the damage her story would do.” Conscience refers to your sense of morality. “She always carefully recycled the trash as a matter of conscience.” … Continue reading

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PR releases: We’re just pleased as punch to announce that . . .

We’re just pleased as punch to announce that . . . The Acme Corp. is mortified to announce its new director of community relations, Bob Miller. You’ve never seen that in a news release, and you never will. You will … Continue reading

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What’s the difference: Nausea, nauseous, nauseated

“Sex and death are two things that come but once in my lifetime, but at least after death you’re not nauseous.” — Woody Allen, Sleeper, 1973. Woody is a talented filmmaker and a very funny fellow. But he’s wrong about … Continue reading

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Dock, wharf and pier

Otis Redding was sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away. When you visit the Frisco Bay (which no one calls it), you simply must go to Fisherman’s Wharf, and perhaps wander out on Pier 39. … Continue reading

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7 Hemingway tips on how to write fiction

Here are a half-dozen plus tips from Ernest Hemingway on how to write — and keep writing. Two of my favorites: Be brief, and end the writing day with gas still in the tank. Enjoy. Get AZWritingCoach working for you. Click … Continue reading

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Incredible and incredulous

“That’s incredible” was a cheesy ‘80s TV show that demonstrated, as if it needed demonstrating, what stupid things people would do to get attention, like juggling things that kill. When you see someone land a plane on a moving truck, … Continue reading

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Word economy: Cutting words that add no meaning

In editing reporters’ copy and marketers’ releases, I find countless words and phrases that add no meaning but take up valuable space. In the printed form, that acreage is priceless as publishers have to murder more trees to get in … Continue reading

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