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Empassioned plea to the word police

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A SpeakStrong response to over-zealous word evangelists

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Empassioned plea to the word police

  1. 1. An impassioned plea to the WORD POLICE Stop the ‘but’ hunts, let people ‘try’ and right your ‘wrongs’ Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.
  2. 2. Sometimes overzealous communication instructors demonize the word ‘but’ Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.
  3. 3. That gets their peeps going on a “but” hunt Well, I don’t like your ‘but’ either.Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.
  4. 4. Communication would be easier if word choices were that simple, BUT… Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.
  5. 5. We need to be discerningabout our how we use our “buts” AND… Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.
  6. 6. “Try” is another term that theword police stalk and condemn Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.
  7. 7. “Try” and “but” aren’t inherently wrong. And neither is “wrong” There may be a hundred ways to get there, but turning into oncoming traffic isn’t one of them. You made a wrong turn. Let’s try again. Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.
  8. 8. A message to the word police. Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.
  9. 9. So don’t just enforce word rules. Practice word savvy. Meryl Runion Rose, Chief Iteration Officer, SpeakStrong Please share freely with credit.

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