Critical Linking for June 17th, 2014

While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps. For example, who and whom. I rarely use whom when I should. Even when spell check suggests whom, I think it sounds pretentious. So I don’t use it. And I’m sure some people then think, “What a bozo.” And that’s a problem, because just like that one misspelled word that gets a résumé tossed into the “nope” pile, using one wrong word can negatively impact your entire message. Fair or unfair, it happens. So let’s make sure it doesn’t:

Reviewing this list of commonly misused words surely will not have any adverse effects.


A conscientious former student brought a library book back 61 YEARS late – but heaved a sigh of relief when staff waived the £4,500 fine. Ron Webster, 91, stunned university bosses when he returned a social sciences tome back to the shelves almost two thirds of a century after its due date. The ex-scholar travelled all the way from Derbyshire back to Liverpool, where he studied in the 1950s, to bring the dusty book back to its rightful place.

This is a William Trevor short story not real life, right?


These major publishers are not interested in selling at a steep discount, even if it costs them a potential retail outlet. In case you were curious, Norwegian ebooks are sold for roughly 93 kroner, about $15.50 U.S. or € 11.45, which is about 20-25% cheaper than the physical book.

Are you listening Big 5 publishers? If you don’t like Amazon’s game, you don’t have to play.


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