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Words, Words, Words: September ’15

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Write it Right

e.g. vs. i.e.

e.g., exempli gratia in Latin, means for example. Use it when you want to offer one or several items as examples. Don’t discriminate on employees’ protected characteristics, e.g., sex, race, age.

i.e., id est in Latin, means that is. Use it when you want to say “in other words …” The meeting attendees all seemed so distracted, i.e., bored.

A good way to remember: Think that e.g. stands for Examples Given.

Say it Right

When in Nevada …

You say Na-vawd-a, I say Na-vadd-a. Residents and natives of the state of Nevada, which is Spanish for “snow-covered,” pronounce it Na-vadd-a. Many people, especially from Eastern United States, pronounce it Na-vawd-a, which is closer to the Spanish pronunciation. However, the native pronunciation is the de facto official one, since it is the one used by the state legislature.

Spell it Right

Guns or laws?

Spell it ordnance when you’re describing a provision of weapons, guns and artillery. Spell it ordinance when you mean a law enacted by a municipal government.

Wise Words

“If you were really great and powerful, you’d keep your promises!” - Dorothy, to the Wizard of Oz

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