Linguistics

What’s a holonym?

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A holonym is a word that names the whole of which a given word is a part. Shirt is a holonyn for sleeve; Hat is a holonym for brim. Car is a holonym for chassis.  Hummus is a holonym for itself. Why? Because the word “Hummus” is Arabic. It translates to chickpea, or garbanzo in […]

Design

Fonts and Quotes

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I consider myself an avid typographer. Fonts and type have always intrigued and interested me.  A typeface can completely change the feeling and meaning of words. I have typography running through my veins – my blood type is HELVETICA. (true story) Fonts.com just sent me their newsletter and the opening featured font was Rabenau.  The […]

Design

Top Ten Typography Tips

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No matter if you are formatting your resume, designing a website, writing some copy to be handed off to an art director, or just writing a note to grandma, good typography is an art that can help you communicate more effectively to your reader.  Below is a list of 10 typography tips that are a […]

Marketing

Failure is the path of least diligence

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It is a good thing that I’m not a landlord chasing people for rent payments.  Apparently, these days that is the path to failure. (wah wah wah) There is the  possibility that this fortune is supposed to say what it says and imply that you will fail if you are always renting a property, I […]

Marketing

Don’t confuse your sources.

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I have heard many people say “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This is not true.  The aforementioned quote is primarily attributed to Albert Einstein, but this and other variations of the quote have been attributed to others as well including Benjamin Franklin, an […]

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For all intents and purposes: Stop. Think, then speak.

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I often hear people misquote this phrase and say “for all intensive purposes.” Ironically, they are often using the phrase to make themselves sound more educated and articulate, but misquoting a phrase does the exact opposite. The phrase “For all intents and purposes” means: for all practical purposes, or in every practical sense. If you […]