Practice What You Preach

Posted on May 31, 2012

More than once (more than a lot of times), I’ve gone on about how auditors need to be willing to take chances, be creative, take risks, look at life from a sideways perspective, recognize that the 30-year retirement watch isn’t as important as a belief in what they are doing, go for the things they really want.  My, it is a nasty thing when such preaching comes back to haunt you.

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A Comment on a Comment About Utilizing Utilize

Posted on May 29, 2012

In my last post, I went off a bit on the word “utilize”, in the process taking swipes at “irregardless”, “mute point”, and some other grammatical tidbits. Ultimately, I was trying to make a point about simplifying the way we communicate, primarily in writing reports.  I got a very thought-provoking response from Andrew.

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Over"utilize"ation

Posted on May 15, 2012

For me, there are a few intolerables when it comes to grammar: it is not a “mute” point, “irregardless” is not a word, there are three different spellings of the words pronounced “they’re” and each has their own specific meaning (what do you say to console a grammarian? “Their, there, they’re.”), “its” is not “it’s”, and the affect of “effect” is affected if you don’t get the right “effect”. (Okay, that last one may be wrong – I can never get it right.)
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