29 January, 2019

What makes a word ‘real’?

It’s something you hear all the time (or maybe you’re the one saying it)—that the English language is going down the drain. With people inventing new words and acronyms like ‘lol’ we just know that we’re losing our grip on real English. But not so. In her Ted Talk, language […]
12 December, 2018

A phrase to remember if you’re flying over the holidays

You hear new words almost every day, but sometimes you come across one that you just really like. Here’s one that stuck with me and one I think you’ll remember next time you’re travelling. The word is an evolution of the word ‘combobulate’ which is to put things back together. The […]
30 November, 2018

Stepping up and letting go

For a manager newly appointed, letting go of the detail is sometimes a challenge. Promotion very often is based on a positive assessment of a candidate’s technical skills and understanding of detail. Leadership, however, demands an applied and subtle understanding of how a team best works together and how individuals […]
14 November, 2018

What’s the point?

Writer: Robert Garran  How many reports or articles have you read where it takes an awfully long time for the author to get to the point—or perhaps when you’re not even sure what the point is by the time you’ve finished the piece? I once spent a week working with […]
1 November, 2018

The boy who cried awesome—sensationalism in language

Writer: Susannah Bishop There was this young lad, a shepherd, whose main thrill for the day was to cry ‘help!’ ‘wolf!’ out loud, then lean back and watch with amusement as neighbours, friends and bystanders would attend in a frenzy, armed with spears and daggers, in his defence. Day in, […]
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