Another consideration on why we should let go of the “words-not-numerals” rule: We use numbers a lot more these days than we did when the rules of English were created. We’re data-driven.
After my last post on the grammatical issues in a series of real estate ads, I got a lot of comments from people who said grammar doesn’t matter — concept is key. They’ve got a point. A good concept can get by with weak writing while a weak concept won’t fly, even with excellent writing. […]
A federal report released in 2006 got the attention of the healthcare industry when researchers found some 90 million Americans didn’t fully understand the written communications they received from insurers, providers and others. That spurred Aetna, among others, to rethink the way it addressed its members. The company received an award for its efforts last […]
The Sunlight Foundation aims to strengthen democracy by giving the public a better idea of what governmental officials are up to – making visible activity that might otherwise go unseen. But it generated huge amounts of media attention last month for a report on public speech-making by Congressional representatives. “Congress Talking Dumber,” was the New […]