What References are Really Saying About You

On The Job

This latest story I did for Gannett/USAToday should open your eyes to the possibility that not all your references have your best interests at heart. a professional reference-checking company. Former colleagues or supervisors can be very vindictive when providing references. "It

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How to Refer to Monetary Amounts

Daily Writing Tips

How should references to amounts of money be styled? Casual, isolated references, as well as approximations, are generally spelled out, as in the examples below: “I’m just putting in my two cents’ worth.”. A casual reference can read “1.6

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Quantify References to Elapsed Time

Daily Writing Tips

An online product review refers to a device having been launched last fall. By the book comes out, the bio’s reference to the writer’s tenure will be outdated. Original Post: Quantify References to Elapsed Time.

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3 Types of Awkward References to Numbers

Daily Writing Tips

Finally, do not use forces or troops to refer to individual military service members, as in “Forty-four US forces were hurt in a rocket-propelled grenade attack yesterday” or “Three troops were found guilty in the black market scheme.” Original Post: 3 Types of Awkward References to Numbers.

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7 Reference Resources for Writers and Editors

Daily Writing Tips

Original Post: 7 Reference Resources for Writers and Editors. What guides and handbooks does a careful writer (or editor) rely on? I’ve consulted many resources, but the ones on this list have pride of place and show the most wear and tear. The Associated Press Stylebook.

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How to Punctuate References to Dates and Times

Daily Writing Tips

Where do the commas go in references to days, months, years, and time of day? The same form is correct for referring to a holiday during a certain year: “I haven’t seen her since Christmas 2005.” A reference to day, date, and time requires commas between each pair of elements: “The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 7-9 p.m.” (And Original Post: How to Punctuate References to Dates and Times.

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How to Refer to Former and Future States

Daily Writing Tips

In reference to people who are no longer in a particular position or profession, the most common wording, for example, is “former stockbroker John Smith” or “ex-stockbroker John Smith.” Original Post: How to Refer to Former and Future States.

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How to Refer to Governmental Administrative Bodies

Daily Writing Tips

Some departments are also recognized by their initials (DOJ for “Department of Justice,” for example), though abbreviations should be used only on second reference (an editing term that actually means “all subsequent references”), after the name is spelled out the first time it is used. Original Post: How to Refer to Governmental Administrative Bodies. Nomenclature for US government entities can be complicated.

5 Cases of Premature Reference

Daily Writing Tips

Writers occasionally fall into the trap of inserting too much information between a verb and its object, or introducing a pronoun before the noun it refers to has appeared — in effect, alluding to the point of the sentence before specifying it.

What’s the Best Way to Refer to a Romantic Partner?

Daily Writing Tips

One of the oddities of the English language is that though many words have multiple synonyms, and we have words for many things we rarely refer to, one of the most ubiquitous concepts in American society has no name: There’s no ideal term for an unmarried party in a romantic relationship. But this word has no utility outside of references to marital infidelity. Original Post: What’s the Best Way to Refer to a Romantic Partner?

Answers to Questions About Referring to Death

Daily Writing Tips

Here are three questions about how to treat references to people who have died, and my responses. A widow or widower referring to a deceased spouse, however, gets a lifetime pass.). Original Post: Answers to Questions About Referring to Death.

The Secret behind Reference Checks

Job Advice Blog

Smaller companies typically have neither the manpower nor the funds to do thorough reference checks, which could cost hundreds of dollars. Conversely, larger companies do reference checks but at varying levels of thoroughness.

How Should You Refer to a Cultural Era?

Daily Writing Tips

However, capitalizing Sixties creates an inconsistency if, in the same document or in other issues of the same publication, other single-word references to decades are correctly treated generically, with no contextual emphasis: “The people who became prominent in this era were born during the forties.” But most writers and editors — including me — would accept adjacent references to “the Roaring Twenties” and “the thirties” without question, so this style is my preference.

Do You Use "Who" or "That" to Refer to People?

Business Writing

When I talked about the rules of writing to a group of professional communicators, the first question they raised was this: Is it acceptable to use both who and that to refer to people, or is only who correct?

Winning Strategies for Employment: Reference Preparation

Job Advice Blog

All that stands between you and the job you really want and need is a reference check. Many people mistakenly put references directly on their résumés. At the time references are requested, you should provide references from a diverse group of people.

Clutter and Productivity: Purging Reference Files

Simple Productivity Blog

Reference Material. Unless there is a legal reason to hang on to something, every scrap in your reference material needs to be scrutinized to see if it still has the right to be part of your life. All in all, I was able to free up half a drawer of reference material.

Simplify Reference Material With the Four Laws of Simplicity

Simple Productivity Blog

Now we’ll take a look at how to apply them to reference material. Simplify Reference Material With the Four Laws of Simplicity. Reference material has a tendency to expand. Divide your reference material into current and archive along these lines. The question for organization is first about how you are going to store your reference material. If you have a physical office where you do most of your work, paper reference material can work for you.

Small Business Bootstrapping Techniques | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

The Small Business Blog

Small Business Bootstrapping Techniques by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 01, 2007 I often refer to “ bootstrapping “, when I talk about small business, you may very well be asking “ What the hell is bootstrapping?&# E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer!

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The Tower, The Village, The Path, and The Way


Latest blog post: A Different Take on Boxing Day braincutlery 5pts I can totally sympathise with this, particularly the reference to KOTOR (which Im currently replaying on my Mac). Productivityist.com by Mike Vardy Start Here Archives Store Contact The Tower, The Village, The Path, and The Way Posted on 12/21/2012 // 8 Comments One of the best books I read this year didn’t cost me a dime. This book is called The Tower, and it’s written by Chris Guillebeau.

Day 2: Mount Whitney Resources & References

The Marq

Climbing Mount Whitney It’s been a good second day. I started out with another 3.5 mile walk with the dogs and my daypack. I’d loaded the pack up to 11 lbs. yesterday with my camelback filled, a two-way radio and extra batteries along with my cell phone and some snacks.

Idioms Referring to Colors of the Rainbow

Daily Writing Tips

Because of the association of the color red with danger and deficits, most idioms that include the word red — for example, “in the red” (meaning “in debt”) “red tape” (referring to bureaucratic complications), and “seeing red” (being so angry that one’s vision is blurred) — have negative associations. Into the wild blue yonder,” meanwhile, refers to a venture into unknown territory.). Original Post: Idioms Referring to Colors of the Rainbow.

The Networked Enterprise (TNE) Reference Card


A unique reference card for printing on 2-sided A4 (Landscape) which folds into 6 sections showing the key priorities and resources in developing The Networked Enterprise through its 7 maturity stages with the 8 key techniques and their checklists. Download the TNE Reference Card.

Which Virtual Assistant Firm Would You Use?

Catch Friday

Voiceville have a credible web site, but their references are fraudulent, and I remember the disappointment that AskSunday had with the team supplied of virtual assistants - in the beginning they supplied mature experienced people but later they swapped that maturity for a young inexperienced crew - what a pity, and what a shadow that gives to the Philippine people - I guess their management team were just plain greedy. Catchfriday REFERENCES relationship marketing

Should a Company Be "It" or "We"?

Business Writing

In the past week, two clients have written to ask whether they should refer to their company or division using the singular it or a plural pronoun.

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A Dozen Nonnumerical Words for Quantities

Daily Writing Tips

brace : two, in reference to identical objects. century : primarily denotes 100 years, but occasionally used, especially in the context of competitive racing, to refer to something consisting of 100, as in a 100-mile race. couple : two, though loosely refers to a few of something.

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4 Types of Reference Books You Didn’t Know You Need

Daily Writing Tips

OK, it’s time to conduct an inventory of your reference library to ensure that you have a comprehensive collection at hand. Flip Dictionary, Barbara Ann Kipfer , is the best of the class of reference books known as reverse dictionaries, for when you know how to describe something but can’t think of the word. Original Post: 4 Types of Reference Books You Didn’t Know You Need.


Be Easy to Find: Use Your Name

Make or Break Moments

A number of references to your company, perhaps some LinkedIn answers, a blog comments or two? Did you also find a reference to a site that links directly to your name?

25 Words Coined by Nineteenth-Century Authors

Daily Writing Tips

actualize : Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge came up with this verb form of actual to refer to realizing a goal; self-actualization came much later. butterfingers : Dickens was also responsible for this evocative reference to clumsiness, though he hyphenated it.

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Curbs and Sidewalks

Daily Writing Tips

English, the word sidewalk refers to a paved footpath alongside a street or a road. For us, “kerb&# refers specifically to the edge of the pavement (sidewalk), so one might possibly talk about “pavement stalls&# , but it would be odd to use “kerb&# in that way.

How to Organize Your Files With Cross Referencing

Ian's Messy Desk

That being said, cross referencing works for some people and certain fixed types of cross references are easy for anybody to use. Also, the development of tags as metadata for electronic data serves as a type of cross reference. There are Three Basic Ways to Cross References.

15 French Words and Phrases That Don’t Mean That in French

Daily Writing Tips

cause célèbre (“celebrated cause”): controversial or emotionally weighted issue—obsolete in French, but originally referred to a sensational or unusual legal decision or trial. en suite (“as a set”): usually refers to a bedroom and bathroom connected to each other—not used as such in French.

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12 Idioms Commonly Seen with Homonymic Spelling Errors

Daily Writing Tips

This phrase refers to abating, or stopping, breathing, and the related adjective bated is intended. This idiom refers not to a sweet dish served after a main course but to what one justly deserves. Deserts is a noun, obsolete except in this usage, which refers to just that.

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Shopping with the Indies

The Small Business Blog

If the title of this blog leaves you imagining a high street full of Harrison Fords then ladies of a certain age can calm down now and gentleman of the same age need not feel so threatened: when I refer to Indies I am actually referring to Independent Retailers!

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Bare Infinitive After Certain Verbs

Daily Writing Tips

An ESL speaker has two questions about the following construction: …I was startled to hear a local radio announcer refer to a contest for artists to submit designs to paint “murals” on storm drains. Refer is not inflected because it is not a main verb in this clause.

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Open Loops 8/31/2010: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

The Simpler Life shares how to manage four of the worst offenders at “Digital Overwhelm: 4 Problems and How to Fix Them&# The web is a great reference tool.

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Loosely Speaking

45 Idioms with “Roll”

Daily Writing Tips

heads will roll : said in reference to a reckoning, such as a mass firing at a business, alluding to decapitations such as those that occurred during executions by guillotine after the French Revolution. on a roll : a reference to being on a lucky streak.

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Ethics – Small Business Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

E-Mail me or follow me. How to be successful and eco-friendly. Making your small business carbon neutral. Benefits of Online Software for Small Business. Concentrate on your business, not your office. What is Small Business Infrastructure? How to be successful by focusing on your core business.