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Think Big, Write Small

Jul 07 2012 Published by under language

“Although there is no substitute for merit in writing, clarity comes closest to being one.” – Strunk & White

Long blog articles are going out of style, as we all learn to write short concise messages (for many in less than 140 characters). The danger of this change is that subtle meanings can be lost and messages impoverished by a focus on literal meanings and core content without the context. In Microstyle, Christopher Johnson provides some useful tips on how to think big and write small to make short but important messages stand out from the crowd and stick in the mind. Read more »

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Colourful Language

Jun 06 2012 Published by under language

Language and thinking

I have always been fascinated by colour (and spent much of my time as a PhD student using colour to prove the validity of some of the methods I was using). The language of colour is particularly fascinating. Like smell, our human ability to detect different colours is vastly in excess of our ability to describe what we can perceive. According to Berlin and Kay, there are no more than eleven terms which are commonly used to describe the abstract properties (hues) of colours, as Inspector Insight wrote in a previous article. Read more »

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Touching meanings

Jul 14 2010 Published by under language

“To touch is to experience, but to feel is to live.”  – Loren Klein

“For all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be.”  – Pink Floyd

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How language shapes the future

Jul 13 2010 Published by under language

“Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.”  – Aldous Huxley

Two interesting articles I read today focus on the impact of language on our behaviour, providing evidence that the way we frame choices and how we describe those choices shape our subsequent behaviour.

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