How Technology Can be an Entrepreneur’s Best Friend

Just in time for Earth Day, we’re looking at ways to make your life easier while also helping make your business greener! The wise use of technology may indeed be your best friend; it may also reduce your carbon footprint at the same time!     We’re already well on the way to a greener way to conduct business. We use email instead of imposing on the mail service; we send electronic documents that can be signed online, eliminating the need for travel/photocopies and faxes; and we organize virtual meetings through videoconferencing, saving thousands of dollars in airfares, taxis, hotel rooms, etc., not to mention the consequent reduction in our carbon footprint. Many companies are moving closer and closer towards a truly paperless office. What more can we do? Go virtual ...

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Why Grammar is Necessary for Clarity – Part 4 – Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

Perhaps the most famous misplaced modifier is a joke (see disclaimer below!) told by Groucho Marx:   “This morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I’ll never know.”   Disclaimer: Quite aside from the misplaced modifier, I have to say that – to modern ears – this joke actually seems in bad taste considering the horrors of elephant poaching, trophy hunting, etc. As an animal lover, I’ve therefore devised a more sensitive version:     The wildlife safari I recently took in Kenya was amazing. Early one morning I filmed an elephant in my pajamas.   Less offensive but still offering amusement due to the placing of the modifier. To fix this sentence we could say:   The wildlife safari I recently took i ...

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Clarity in All Things

First, I should apologize for late posting; I was either in the air or in one of four airports on Friday this week so regular orders had to take precedence over updating the blog in the limited time available. As a direct result of this travelling, however, I was also inspired to interrupt my four-part grammar series, Why Grammar is Necessary for Clarity, postponing the fourth and last part till next Friday.   Why the interruption? Frustration with the lack of clarity that I encountered, in one airport in particular – I won’t name it but suffice to say that fabled Southern charm was sadly missing here – led me to consider the importance to businesses of all kinds of clarity. It’s not just to do with grammar, although that is often an essential factor, it’ ...

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