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Latin Greeking

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Increase your vocabulary

According to academicians Mario Pei and Robert McCrum William Shakespeare, had a vocabulary of 30,000 words. The King James Bible (the first one translated and published in English and contemporaneous with Shakespeare) uses, according to authors Joseph Shipley and Charlton Laird, between 7,000 and 8,000 different words. Mario Pei sites a 20th century study of...


List of 4 Lists

Try this deceptively simple list as part of your business planning process. List what you know, what you don’t know, what you assume, and what you don’t know you don’t know. The fourth one is the biggest challenge, according to Venture capitalist Stu Phillips in Soaring on Ridgelift, the author. “It’s a virtual list because...


English is so unique and can be so difficult

English is difficult to learn and use properly, whether it is your birth tongue or a second language. Incorrect or ambiguous usage can cause you, your business plan, and your company no end of problems. For an entertaining sojourn into English etymology pick up Bill Bryson‘s book The Mother Tongue: English and how it got...


2B2B or Not 2B2B

Text messaging is big these days. Or rather, it is very small. The minuteness of our electronic communications devices and their tiny screens have turned us from a group of ham-fisted typists into thum-ba-dexterous comm wizards. What many folks don’t realize is that the texting use of shortened words is not new. It is auld,...


We don’t need no stinking customers

There’s a great place for lunch, right near the office. I find myself going there at least three times a week because it’s affordable (under six bucks) and VERY healthy. Let’s call this restaurant “Yummy.” So at least three times a week I call Yummy to place an order so that it’s ready for me...


What Do You Spend on Your Pay-Per-Ignore?

So here is the question: how much Internet marketing money are these businesses spending in Web design, hardware, infrastructure, search-engine optimization, etc., to attract me as a potential customer, only to ignore me? What is their Pay-Per-Ignore?


Deal Journal – WSJ.com : MBAs are Once Again the Ticket to Wealth

Link: Deal Journal – WSJ.com : MBAs are Once Again the Ticket to Wealth. At bplans.com we’re unsettled with the MBA phenomenon. Several of us have MBA degrees from brand-name schools (Stanford, Oxford, for example) and our software popularizes things learned at those schools. Still, our mission is to create software that brings key elements...


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