Good Writing Skills Are Essential - page 4

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Feeling overwhelmed by her many job duties, the director of nursing (don) hastily sent out the following memorandum to the nursing staff at her facility. Instead of it being a polished professional communication, the memo is... Read More


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    There's form and there's function, grammar and syntax. And then there is concrete form — the font and color we choose to make our composition as readable as possible. I notice that some people use Comic Sans as their default font; even the creator of the font on which Comic Sans was based thinks Comic Sans is a hideous mess.

    Now imagine that font rendered in green, read on a white background.

    It's not easy to read, though it gives serious topics an air of lightness and whimsy.

    By the way, the treatment of personal pronouns of indefinite gender is not settled. Many writers consider the repetitive use of "he and she" and "him and her" to be verbose. "S/he" is aesthetically displeasing. Some writers simply use "she" and "her," while others alternate the use of "he" and "she," and "him" and "her."

    There are exceptions to the "apostrophes are only to be used to form the possessive" rule. For instance, to make a plural of a single letter, the Associated Press Stylebook (don't forget to italicize the name of books, magazines, etc.), recommends using an apostrophe. For example, we don't want to get As in our classes; rather, we want to get A's. If I remember correctly, according to the New York Times style guide, an apostrophe is used to form acronyms plurals.

    Language is fluid, and English has a particularly low viscosity.
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    Quote from Esme12
    The no capitals are those darn IPhones/Pads and auto correct.

    As for the proliferation of peroids? Guilty . Style? I guess, maybe? I'm not sure.
    It makes sense in my mind as a pause.....Sorry.
    I do the pause thing to and the trailing of off of a thought..

    what im talking about.. is when people selectively use caps locks and over use periods in weird places.. but they know how to make capitals when they WANT to..

    I post from my cell all the time and even then the shift reflex is hard wired into my brain

    Of this thread will soon end up with everyone scouring the previous posters message for grammatical and style errors.
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    When I'm tired I end up putting lots of extra letters in words. Like punctiatiaon.
    I put things in quotes and use italics. I think you're only supposed to do one of those. My writing is rife with errant hyphens.

    Esme - have you seen an entire paragraph with no caps and the only punctuation being three or four periods between sentence fragments? hello..you guys....i have a question for u....looked everywhere.....idk ....does this writing style look cute to u.....so original...not really....
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    Quote from tothepointe LVN
    I do the pause thing to and the trailing of off of a thought..

    what i'm talking about.. is when people selectively use caps locks and over use periods in weird places.. but they know how to make capitals when they WANT to..

    I post from my cell all the time and even then the shift reflex is hard wired into my brain

    Of this thread will soon end up with everyone scouring the previous posters message for grammatical and style errors.
    Pointe, ...no kidding right? I read your post and I thought, "I do that" ..... I thought I better apolpgize. You notice I didn't say I'd stop? . Just kidding you, My response was slightly tongue in cheek.

    I am "slightly" less formal here on the board. I word things at times that I know could be better......but I'm on the run to cook for a house full of hungry teens fresh from the pool or to dashg someone somewhere......sigh, I love those babies.

    156.....Seen those posts?oh yes,Ive seen those posts.the ones that drive me to distraction.sometimes it's a formatting issue from the IPhones/pads is the lack of paragraphs. That run on forever and ever without stopping for ever.the ones that drive me crazy are the ones that use colors these old eyes cant see.i have used the quote button just to see them.for themostpart i dont mind the different fonts like comic sans here for i know for sure they dont use it in other communication.we all know this is an informal,although professional,board.my pet peeve is the spelling,or misspelling of medical terms and meds.you know what i mean?

    I couldn't help myself, but that was hard not typing correctly. Jeeze, I am old.
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    Quote from nursel56
    Esme - have you seen an entire paragraph with no caps and the only punctuation being three or four periods between sentence fragments? hello..you guys....i have a question for u....looked everywhere.....idk ....does this writing style look cute to u.....so original...not really....
    Glad I'm not the only one that noticed. Back in the day when replacement keyboards were expensive I could write it off as a broken spacebar.

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    Esme12, most of your ellipses can be replaced by commas. Most of the rest can be replaced by periods. The first one above can simply be elided.

    The ellipses come across as "uhhhhhhh" or "ummmmmmmm."
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    Quote from Tragically Hip
    Esme12, most of your ellipses can be replaced by commas. Most of the rest can be replaced by periods. The first one above can simply be elided.

    The ellipses come across as "ahhhhhhh" or "mmmmmmmm."
    Thank you, Tragically Hip......I'll take that under advisement.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 18, '12
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    Quote from mclennan
    Hear, hear! I am sometimes APPALLED at the poor quality of writing I see from my co-workers, and here at AN. How did some of these people graduate school? Also, why do they get so defensive when called out about it? I don't care if English is your 2nd or 3rd or 1st language - the medical field requires CRITICAL communication! Life and death depend on it. Thanks for this excellent article!
    I TOTALLY agree with what you stated!!
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    Quote from johnny depp23
    Their ain't nothin wrung with dat their memo. Its not her falt for those spellin arrors. She was prolly in a hurry like im in now.
    This is so funny! LOL!
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    Quote from VickyRN
    Well said, brillohead. One of the high schools in my area is encouraging the kids to write their assignments in "ebonics," if they desire to do so. Now, just how far do you think these kids will get in the real dog-eat-dog world, once they graduate, and they fill out their applications or resumes using ebonics? Our education system is miserably failing our children, particularly minority children.
    I've never seen or heard of this but now it makes sense to me. I took a sociology class a very long time ago and I remember it mentioning something called "Black American English." What?!? I suppose they mean to say ebonics but come on...really!?! I really could not accept how this could be a valid thing. This is institutional racism gone literal. Encourage them to write in a way that is inconsistent with what is the standard and see what the results will be.
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