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Proper Speaking is Sometimes an Illusion


I find networkers by nature to be self-starters and very motivated, which you have to be if you want to make any money through networking. But I really wish people would come to me first and ask, “Does this sound right?”

Chances are, the answer would be yes, except in the following cases.

I will go to the ends of the Earth — Recently, I’ve been watching “The West Wing” on Netflix, and a character said something similar about “the corners of the globe.”

The problem is, there are no ends of the Earth and no corners of the globe.

All the wine you can drink. All the food you can drink, too — If I want a liquid diet, I’ll call the hospital.

Tom Hanks was the emcee in the beginning — And who took over for him at the end?

We raised over $4 million for breast cancer awareness — I’ve written about this before. I think people are really, really aware of breast cancer. But we need to raise more money to find a cure.

Also, and I’ve written about this, too: It’s more than, not over.

I want to thank Harold. I have pestilence bad — Harold runs a pest control company. I don’t think he has enough spray and traps and bait and whatever else he has to combat a worldwide epidemic, such as bubonic plague.

I want to thank Jason for helping my Millennium son — Wow. You son is a thousand years old? Impressive.

I asked my millennial daughter what would she say if someone called her a millennium, and she responded, “Time is an illusion.” Apparently, that is something millennials say.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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More Words You Must Never Use


It’s time to list more words that people use but shouldn’t because they’re showing their ignorance/stupidity/lack of education/good sense by misusing them either while speaking or writing. You don’t want to sound like your IQ is 32, do you?

To quote the late, great George Carlin, using these words will “infect your soul, curve your spine, and keep the country from winning the war.” Of course, Carlin meant seven other words when he said that, but I like the sentiment.

ain’t — It’s not a contraction. Heck, it isn’t even a word. You sound so unintelligent when you use it. Better to use are not, aren’t, is not or isn’t.

donut — I don’t care if this word has become an acceptable spelling for the word doughnut, it’s doughnut.

emcee/MC — Unless you mean rapper MC Hammer or the character in “Cabaret,” spell it out: master/mistress of ceremonies or simply host.

enquire — My dictionary lists this as a variation of inquire or inquiry. I say that unless you refer to the national tabloid (and add an “r” to the end), don’t use it.

forcible rape –– This is redundant. Rape is always forcible.

fortnight — It refers to a two-week period, but unless you’re referring to the Wimbledon tennis tournament, use two weeks. You’ll sound less pretentious.

in spite of — Use despite because it means the same thing and is shorter. As I’ve said, why use three words when one works?

noncontroversial — There’s no such thing as a noncontroversial issue. The issue is either controversial or it’s not.

towards — No such word, so there’s no “moving towards the light.” It’s moving toward the light.

whitepaper — Whether you’re describing a color of paper or a special report, it’s two words.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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