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Grammar Girl Web Discussion - February 9, 2012
 

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Words matter. Selecting the wrong ones can impede communication. But, while word choice is critical, equally important are spelling, style, punctuation and grammar....

Words matter. Selecting the wrong ones can impede communication. But, while word choice is critical, equally important are spelling, style, punctuation and grammar.

This slide deck was used by Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and Val Swisher, CEO of Content Rules, Friday, February 9 to guide our interview of special guest Mignon Fogarty (aka Grammar Girl). The three content pros discussed the fast-changing world of language and how we use and abuse it. And, they answered questions from the audience.

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    Grammar Girl Web Discussion - February 9, 2012 Grammar Girl Web Discussion - February 9, 2012 Presentation Transcript

    • This event is being recorded. A link to the recording will be provided to all registrants via email next week. questions? just ask! Get your questions ready!Grammar Girl Provides Tips andAnswers Questions About Better WritingScott Abel and Val Swisher interview Mignon FogartyWebinar ID: 544-864-410 Audio: (914) 339.0033 Access Code: 622-064-778Start time: 1:00pm ET / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT / 6:00pm GMT
    • Scott Abel, The Content Wranglerweb: www.contentwrangler.com twitter: @contentwrangler
    • www.thecontentwrangler.comonline resource for folks who view content as a business asset
    • www.thedynamicpublisher.comonline resource for people interested in dynamic content and related topics
    • www.intelligentcontentconference.comstrategies for reaching customers anywhere, anytime on any device
    • Live from The 2nd Annual Content Marketing Retreat in Langley, WAThanks to FusionSpark Media, Langley Center for New Media www.fusionspark.com
    • Val Swisher, CEO and Founder, Content Rulesweb: www.contentrules.com twitter: @valswisher
    • www.contentrules.comthe global content experts
    • one hour | one guest | two interviewers | need help? have question? use chat windowregistrants receive link to recording after | free book drawing winners via email
    • Mignon Fogarty, Founder, Managing Director, Quick and Dirty Tipsweb: www.quickanddirtytips.com twitter: @grammargirl
    • Smartphone and tablet apps allow us to provide innovative ways to makecontent available to those who need it. Tell us a little about your app?
    • Susan Cassidy asks, “Is it ever acceptable to take grammar shortcuts whenposting to social sites like Facebook? I know I do it, do you?”
    • Sarah Johnson of Erie, PA wants to know if IM and texting shortcuts drive younuts? They drive Sarah batty. “When you text, do you use them, she wonders?”
    • Eric Bryant asks: “Aret’n thees ruels irerelvnat -- if we get the message?”Arocdnicg to rsceearch at CmabrigdeUinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr theltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihngis taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghitpcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you cansitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. Tihs is buseace thehuamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter byistlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
    • Judith of AllRecipes.com writes, “Social media seems to encourage slipage ofestablished grammar and punctuation rules. What are some ‘it’s okay’ and‘don’t even think about it’ rules?”
    • Brad Weaver of Washington, DC asks, “Cursive or not? And, why or why not?”
    • Marie-Ève Béland asks, “As a non-native speaker, when should I use ‘toward’instead of ‘towards’? I cannot tell the difference, yet I believe there to be one.”
    • Nilofar Pardawala asks, “Besides blogs, when is it okay to write in ‘stream ofthought’ style, where sentences are not always grammatically correct?
    • Tim Steele of Santa Clara asks, “If it’s ‘right’ to everyone in Iowa, but ‘wrong’ toeveryone in California, how do we settle regional usage issues ... or do we?”
    • John Ray of Terre Haute, IN writes, “Language changes. Over time it morphs,adjusts, and bends to the whims of those who use and abuse it. What’s thebiggest abuse you’ve seen?”
    • Donna Maurillo of Scotts Valley, CA asks, “Is it correct to use ‘can’ rather than‘may’ when asking for permission (‘Can I help you?’)?”
    • Donna Maurillo of Scotts Valley, CA also asks, “When talking about duration, isan apostrophe necessary after ‘years’?”
    • Lynn Leith writes, “The world is a globe. It is round, not flat. Thus, it’s correctto say ‘around the globe’, not ‘across the globe’. One can travel across acountry, but one cannot travel across the world. Do you agree or disagree?”
    • Judith at AllRecipes.com asks, “Can you recommend a reliable online source forup-to-the-minute grammar rules?”
    • David Harkins of Chase Card Services asks, “Where do you stand on mandatoryprison sentences for gross misuse of the apostrophe ‘s’ and the serial comma?”
    • Gaela Schlak of San Jose, CA writes, “My 6-year-old daughter Alicia aks, ‘Why isspelling correctly, rather than phonetically, important?’ Her teacher allowedit in first grade, and it has become a real battle between my daughter and me”.
    • Jose Clarkson of Houston, TX asks: “Why does everyone make a fuss about ourlanguage changing. Isn’t what’s happening today to our language just part ofthe natural ebb and flow of language?”
    • And now, for some questions from the chat room...
    • 10 lucky registrants will receive a free copy of “The Grammar Devotional:Daily Tips for Succcessful Writing from Grammar Girl”.
    • Val Swisher, CEO and Founder, Content Rulesweb: www.contentrules.com twitter: @valswisher
    • Scott Abel, The Content Wranglerweb: www.contentwrangler.com twitter: @contentwrangler
    • Mignon Fogarty, Founder, Managing Director, Quick and Dirty Tipsweb: www.quickanddirtytips.com twitter: @grammargirlThank you!
    • This event is being recorded. A link to the recording will be provided to all registrants via email next week. Mark your calendar!The Changing Role of ProfessionalTechnical Communicators: What’s Next?Scott Abel and Val Swisher chat with Jack Molisani and Sarah O’KeefeThursday, February 9th at 1:00pm ET / 11:00am MT / 10:00am PT / 6:00pm GMT