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Self-Help Back in the Day

Taking sides in politics based on how a candidate speaks is nothing new, it turns out. In “Founding Grammars,” Rosemarie Ostler looks at how U.S. politicians used formal or informal language, while regular Americans turned to grammar books to improve their station in life.

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Recent Work | “Success Outside the Lines”

From ASCA School Counselor Sept-Oct 2015: How five non-traditional schools achieved national recognition for their school counseling programs.

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Check Out that Figure!

From peliptoton to anaphora, Mark Fortsyth takes us on a delightful tour of the figures of rhetoric and shows how they’ve added style to writing across the centuries, with quips from Shakespeare Hemingway, John Lennon, and Gertrude Stein, to name just a few.

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Exposed on Paper: What do your books say about you?

My books reveal my not-so-secret obsession: the English language.

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Music Behind the Madness

When the stuff of a silent auction threatens to send me around the bend, I remember why I’m doing this work.

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Your Professional Words: 7 Tips for Looking Good

Words matter. Every communication that you send—e-mails, letters, reports—influences others’ impressions of you, for better or for worse. We keep this in mind when we’re interviewing for jobs, but we tend to become less careful over time. We’re busy, we’re working quickly, and maybe we don’t have someone on hand to run an eye over our words before they go out into the world.

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