It’s a mistake to think your readers aren’t forming perceptions of you based on your written messages . . . My favorite in this amusing image about text messages is the first one. It’s no coincidence that readers label someone who doesn’t get to the point until the end the “professor.” Students don’t learn to put the bottom line first until they get hammered by their first boss for writing like a professor! More evidence that academic writing is poor preparation for the writing you do for the rest of your life.
For the funny explanation of appropriate usage, see College Humor. You can even download them as truetype fonts for actual adoption. It’s worth a few minutes!
To honor both my love of puns and my disdain for platitudes, I’m sharing this Duck-Billed Platitude cartoon today. For more on the fight against platitudes, see Tracy Allison Altman’s recent post over at Evidence Soup on the lack of evidence in — and about sales of — business books.
- A little fun related to the Oxford comma (proswrite.com)
- A light-hearted lesson on the Oxford comma (proswrite.com)
- The Oxford comma: Decried, defended, and debated [infographic] (holykaw.alltop.com)
- OnlineSchools.com Infographic Debates the Use of the Oxford Comma (prweb.com)
- The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars (mentalfloss.com)