None of the topics scribbled on my Tip List are worthy of a full-blown diatribe, so I’ll combine a few small ones with some Funny Typos of the Day.
1) What is the plural of “code of practice”?
Wrong answer: code of practices
Right answer: codes of practice
2) Instead of using “very” in front of an adjective, try to use a single, more descriptive adjective.
Very large => enormous, gigantic
Very small => tiny
According to Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, “Replacing two simple words like very hungry with one more descriptive word like ravenous makes your writing tighter — and usually more interesting, too.”
3) Be careful about using the same word over and over, particularly buzzwords.
Bad Example: robust – they use this ad nauseam to describe software in marketing materials
1) Impudence (instead of impedance)
2) Dud consideration (instead of due consideration)
3) Pressure deferential (instead of pressure differential)
Project Management Quote of the Day:
1. “When too many roosters are crowing, the dawn arrives late.”
2. – Ancient Greek proverb