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Calling in Sick: Just Do It

You’ve had those days: you’re so sick you can barely stand up without the urge to lose your lunch. You might be low on leave time or due for an important meeting. Call in sick anyway. Don’t share your illness … Continue reading

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Getting Back to Work After Vacation

Ten years ago, I decided to take an extended trip to Europe to celebrate my 40th birthday (go ahead, do the math, I won’t be offended). After a truly amazing vacation, I came back to the office to find my … Continue reading

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When to Use Utilize

The short version: when in doubt,┬ádon’t use the word utilize. It’s an unlovely construction that sounds wordy/pretentious and shouldn’t have been incorporated into English in the first place, but here we are. I have some additional things to share on … Continue reading

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To Ampersand or Not to Ampersand?

I am not fond of the ampersand (&). It’s a shortcut piece of punctuation that substitutes for “and.” I’m sure it’s useful and makes sense on some level; the problem for me is that it is often overused when it … Continue reading

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Levels of Editing and When You Need Them

Technical writers and editors have their own nuances to their work, which are not always understood or appreciated by others. One type of nuance is the “level of edit” you’re applying to a document. Generally there are three levels of … Continue reading

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