Written Communication Evaluation

Please click on the links below to complete the course evaluation for Written Communication.  Thank you.

Evaluation – Part 1

Evaluation – Part 2



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Journey’s End – Happy Beginnings

Fear is an interesting thing. It has a place in all of our lives. I try to be as fearless as possible. I don’t always succeed, but I like to think I try.
Zachary Quinto

When this course began, it was a huge step for each of you to try something different.  Look at what you have accomplished.  I have the utmost respect for how you have met the challenge and become leaders.  I speak about you often and about your engaging interactions and support.  Thank you for everything!  You’re brilliant.
A formal evaluation will be coming however I would like to hear your thoughts on how this course could be improved.  If we run it again, and I would love to, what words of advice do you have for me in making the experience even better?


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Just for Fun: Candidate for a pullet surprise

Spell check is not always a friend.  😀


I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker’s
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we’re lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault’s with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word’s fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw’s are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

Jerrold H. Zar.


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212 Degrees: The Extra Degree

Congratulations on taking on the challenge of this Written Communication class!  How do you feel this video applies to this class and other opportunities?


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Poll: Please Vote For Your Three Favorite “Word of the Week” Entries

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WOW: Word of the Week Due April 1



1.  a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper.
2.  anything that puzzles.
Origin: 1590–1600; pseudo-L word of obscure origin
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2012. Cite This Source

Word Origin & History
1596, Oxford University slang for “pedant,” also “whim,” etc., later (1790) “riddle, puzzle,” also spelled quonundrum; the sort of ponderous pseudo-Latin word that was once the height of humor in learned circles.


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Week 9: Civil War Urban vs. Formal Dictionary Usage

In an ever-changing world, is “irregardless” a word?  What about other “words” that have been added to popular language and have even found themselves in the dictionary?  How does this impact our word choice in our business writing and in our business conversation?

Here are some opposing viewpoints.  What are your thoughts?

Check out the Urban Dictionary.

There is no such thing as “official” English – so long as a word (any word, even one you invent yourself, no matter how stupid) gets picked up and used by people, it will end up in a dictionary (which records usage, and isn’t a rulebook FOR usage). So if people use irregardless, then there you go, it’s a word – most especially if, by using it, people know what you mean (that’s the point of language, after all – to communicate ideas). It really doesn’t matter if it’s a “double negative” – this is language, not mathematics, and while the “double negative” convention is widely used nowadays, it hasn’t always been, and still isn’t in other languages. So use irregardless. We knew what you meant. And the whiners among us apparently just don’t know how the English language REALLY works.

So by this logic, if enough stupid people, in their ignorance, make up a new word that is nonsense, then the rest of the world must adopt the resulting atrocity of English?!?! This man will not join. However, I do encourage you to keep on identifying yourself with that group of people. By the way, add this one to your repertoire; orientated instead of oriented. If you want so very much to sound uneducated, if not backwards, you will also want to add “tated” to a group of “ted” words. Keep going, I embrace your desire to write and speak within a lower class of education.  Dictionaries are obliged to record words if they enter the language through common usage, but that doesn’t mean they’re correct or elegant. Let me axe you this: just because you hear it on the street, is it okay to put it in print?  The word irregardless is misused everyday.  Politicians misuse it.  Teachers misuse it.  Priests misuse it.  Sportscasters and journalists are most guilty of misusing it.  People use it to begin a declaration.  People use it to justify a course of action.  People use it to dispute another’s point of view.  So what is the correct usage of the word irregardless?  None.  That’s right, folks, there is no correct usage of the word irregardless.  How is this possible?  Because the word irregardless is not a word.  It is not a word in English.  Nor is irregardless a word in German, French, Haitian-Creole, Pig Latin, or even Spanglish.

And yes, I’ve heard “irregardless” and “also too” at least five times this week alone. 

Let the battle begin!


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