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ISSN:1544-8312Spring-Summer 2015
Judy Vorfeld, PublisherIssue 96

A Gentle Blend of Communication Expressway
& Webgrammar's Food for Thought

Judy's Corner

Please consider bookmarking the Purdue Online Writing Lab, which is loaded with tips for writers, educators, students, and people in offices. It has such resources as "Writing the Basic Business Letter," "Developing a Resume," and "APA Formatting/Style Guide." It talks about writing and teaching writing, provides help with grammar and mechanics. Click on the Site Map link and prepare for a surprise. Bookmark it.

If you're interested in drugs that can damage your ears, Hyperacusis, Tinnitus, effective coping strategies, etc., you may want to read this. Note from Judy: I had three surgeries (within about a year and a half) years ago, and each required an anesthetic. It was during this time that my hearing started changing significantly. Within a few years, I had an audiogram that showed I had a significant hearing loss. I would have recognized that I had a loss much sooner, but my diagnosis is for a Low Register/Reverse Slope loss, and because we can hear high pitches, it's rare and difficult to diagnose. It wasn't until years later that I learned that some anesthetics contribute to hearing loss. Plus, my hearing loss was genetic. But that doesn't mean other experiences can't trigger it.

For those of you who missed the big news in Desktop Publishing, after 25 years publishing Before & After, John McWade joined the staff of full time, to teach graphic design to a wider audience than ever before. He says, "As many of you know, is all about 'learn by example' training in design tools and skills. What I love is its ethos, its vision, its vibe (so fresh), the quality of its staff (so impressive), and the intelligence of its work. Others obviously feel this way, too. Just last month was acquired for $1.5 billion by LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network, with 350 million members! To say this is a big opportunity would be an understatement!"

Given what McWade said about LinkedIn buying, if you have a business, I encourage you to create a sparkling, fullbodied profile in LinkedIn. It's a winner.


Web link for this issue.

Grammar Tip - supervocalics
Supervocalics are, says Eric W. Chaikin, "a word, phrase, or proper noun which contains A,E,I,O,U once each, but no Y." Neville Fogarty says "Supervocalic is an adjective describing a word or phrase containing each of the five vowels? - A, E, I, O and U? - exactly once. Examples include: sequoia, ambidextrous, and Julia Roberts." In any event, it can mean some enjoyable time spent around a table, campfire, or at the beach.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a person who leaves a country emigrates from it? When a French person, for example leaves France, he/she is considered a French emigrant. A person who comes into your country immigrates, and is considered an immigrant. Jacques, a French emigrant, immigrated to Brazil.


Arts - CTO - Desktop Publishing, Design, & Typography - Education - Grammar - History - Small Biz/Home Office - Technology - For Writers, Journalists, Playwrights


Arcadia Contemporary Exhibit of Matthew Cornell'ls Photography

World's largest sheet music selection


Guide to North American Birds

Augustine H. Folsom Photographs


The game Rescue Adoption, teaches kids what’s involved in responsible pet ownership.

Low cost graphics

The RSA is at the leading edge of thinking and research on a range of topics including organisational development, skills and learning and design. Most of the RSA's events are free to attend and (for those not able to attend in person) are live streamed and recorded. On the website you will find a wonderful range of articles, animations, videos and podcasts.

The 50,000 People Project: We're looking for 50,000 volunteers willing to test a fast, new way to learn a new language that doesn't involve memorizing or years of practice.

Frugal Queen


The unexpected typestyle of Ikea

Home Publishing: also good for small, home-based businesses

Also, see Judy's comments regarding John McWade's move from Before and After to


For students interested in online computer engineering degrees and careers

For students wishing to learn more about online software engineering programs and related careers

Teach Tomorrow: site for those thinking about a career in teaching, students looking for a teaching degree program, and teachers who are relocating or looking to continue their education.

Search Online Degrees & Programs from Top Non-Profit Universities

K-12 School and District Rankings. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as, we've since grown into one of the largest content startups in the country. We're obsessed with providing students, families, and professionals with best-in-class content and deep insight into big life decisions. Every year, we help millions of people find their niche and thrive within it.

Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching Dyslexia affects 10-15% of the population. Dyslexic students are often either exempted from the study of additional languages or they underperform in foreign language classes. This free course is designed for current and trainee teachers of additional languages.


Common Errors In English: Professor Paul Brians

Daily Grammar

Daily Writing Tips: Get a daily grammar, spelling, punctuation or vocabulary tip.

Guide To Grammar And Style: Jack Lynch

Professor Charles Darling's Grammar Site



Energy of a Nation: Immigration Resources


National Museums of Scotland

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

Bridging World History


The Psychology Of Facebook Can Get A Little Bit Crazy

Small Business Tips from Mashable

The digital revolution is cultural, not technological

Ideas to Use a Facebook Page to Increase Web Traffic


Imagine a search engine that simply removed the top 1 million most popular web sites from its index. What would you discover?

Glossary of Hearing Loss & Other Terms

Wired Science


What Writers Should Do Right After Publication

Ough (orthography) as in "though" (cf. toe), "through" (cf. true), "rough" (cf. ruffian), "cough" (cf. coffin), "thought" (cf. taut), "bough" (cf. to bow).

The Big List of 189 Words That Convert: Write Copy That Gets Your Customer's Attention Every Time

Five Qualities That Set Successful Commercial Writers Apart

Readability Score

Your Primary Objective As A PR Writer Is To Be Understood


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How to find Judy's websites

Editing & Writing Services (Biz site w/writing tips blog)
Office Support Services (Original biz site w/more personal blog & ezine)
Webgrammar for educators, writers, editors, researchers, librarians, etc.
Judy Vorfeld's personal website

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