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Monday, October 2, 2017

Honoring the great principles of the U.S. democracy ...

When I stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance and when I stand during a performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner," I am not honoring the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. As much as I appreciate their service, when I stand with my hand over my heart, I am honoring the great principles of the U.S. democracy, as symbolized by the flag I salute in the pledge and in the national anthem.
I accept that people salute our flag -- or salute our flag in differing ways -- for a variety of reasons, a variety of beliefs, and a variety of feelings. I may not see eye to eye with all those actions, reasons, beliefs, and feelings -- in fact, some of them bug me, a lot. But I also know I must accept them because each of us has our own attitudes, experiences, and perspectives in how and why we express our patriotism.
I will not accept, however, the words and behavior of people who act as though their expression of patriotism is the only one that's appropriate and acceptable. They are wrong.

Monday, July 17, 2017

List of plain English words and phrases - Wikipedia

Plain English (sometimes referred to more broadly as plain language) is a generic term for communicating in English that emphasizes clarity, brevity, and avoiding technical language—particularly relating to official government or business communication. It uses simple, familiar words instead of lengthy, formal words, avoids jargon, prefers positive words to negative words, and prefers strong verbs to be verbs.
This is a list of plain English words and phrases and the more lengthy, formal words for which they are recommended as replacements in writing guides. The problem word is listed first; the plain English alternative follows.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

From Bias and Blame to Balance: Sensitive Style for Covering Sexual Violence | Conscious Style Guide

Karen Yin writes in the Conscious Style Guide:

"When misconceptions prevail about what constitutes rape, who can be raped, who rapes, and who can prevent rape, editors can minimize unfair and inaccurate media coverage of sexual assault by flagging biased reporting and words that shift blame to the victim."

Sunday, February 5, 2017

31 Words and Phrases You No Longer Need | Grammarly

Here’s a list of thirty-one words and phrases you need to take off your payroll this year.
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