Resources for business and technical writing

Choose your typeface with care

When all we had for printed communication was the typewriter, we didn’t need to consider typeface or fonts, we had no choice. Now however, with Words Processors and Page Layout programs being so readily available we have some choices about the typeface we use. Even before Word Processors, the influence of type on readers was well understood; it just wasn’t something that most of us needed to understand. Now we do.

When we read, we read with a voice in our head. The tone and personality of that voice are dictated by the typeface we use. Typeface is the non-verbal part of our communication and it plays a very important role in the whole communication.

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Commonly confused words

English is widely regarded as having become the global language and is the dominant international language in communications, science, and business. You would think that with English being so prominent in arenas of logic and commerce, that it would be concise, precise, and devoid of ambiguity. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As Doug Larson stated: “If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.”

Here is a list of English words that are often confused and a description of their correct usage.

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