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#WordtotheWise: “Lay/Laid” vs. “Lie/Lay”

These are perhaps the most confused set of verbs, but it is really pretty simple. Use an object with the word "lay." You must lay something somewhere. Or if you did it in the past, you laid it there. Lie means to recline. So you do...

#WordtotheWise: Innovate/Create/Develop

Innovation is good, right? It implies leading the way, at the cutting-edge, new! Does a “creation” or a “development” seem more neutral because the result could be viewed either way, from positive to flat, while an innovation has intrinsic value?  Perhaps—but that is no reason...

Customer Care | The Ultimate PR Strategy

This may put some PR professionals on alert but -- if companies put customer care genuinely, squarely at the center of their business model, there’d be less need for traditional PR. Word-of-mouth is the cornerstone of PR and, frankly, how better to get positive word-of-mouth...

#WordtotheWise: Double Trouble

I recently received an official government document about protecting my identity by securing my PIN Number; my personal identification number number. You know, the one I use at the automatic teller machine machine. When I lived in Indonesia I found the repetition of a word...

#WordtotheWise: Is ‘Unique’ Unique?

A pessimistic editor once told me to never to use the word “unique,” because advertising has diluted its meaning. I don’t fully agree with her, and I like to think it is because I take a more optimistic approach—some things really are one-of-a kind.  Who...

Why I’ll Never Retire From Public Relations

I didn’t wake up one day and say, astutely, “I will be a PR professional.” The profession somehow chose me. My schooling, natural talents and passion for communications resulted in a career that I am now besotted with daily.  After 23 years of ups, downs...

 #WordtotheWise: e.g. vs. i.e.

Since these abbreviations are both Latin, let’s ensure we are not speaking Greek. The Latin phrase “id est,” means “that is,” and can be abbreviated “i.e.,” (not “t.i.”) to further explain something. The abbreviation of “exempli gratia,” meaning “for example” is useful when you want...

Graphics for the Graphically Challenged

 I've said it before, and I'll probably keep saying it - we are a visual species. For PR pros, this means adding images and graphics to enhance our storytelling. But how do a bunch of wordsmiths transition from AP style to a world of pixels and vectors? Luckily,...

#WordtotheWise: Use vs. Utilize

We just had a little discussion in our office about how using the word “utilize” in place of “use” is good when it comes to pretentious buzzwords, but in all other cases the word “use” will do. Internet consensus also shows that “utilize” may be...