The Right Word

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain

Do you know the difference between a phone that rings continuously and one that rings continually? Should you ask a co-worker to be discrete or discreet about a personal matter? Does the bus go further up the road or farther or does it not matter? Many words in English look or sound alike, yet choosing the wrong one can blur, or even reverse, your intended meaning.

You don’t have to have a big vocabulary of exotic words to write well. In fact, strong writing often uses simple, everyday words. You do have to use the words you know precisely. Recognizing the nuances and connotations as well as basic meanings of words will make you a more flexible and confident writer.

This fast-paced and energetic one-day course will ensure your writing is professional and precise. It will also expand your working vocabulary by enabling you to use more of the words you already know with confidence.

  • Topics
  • Audience
  • Instructor
  • Look-alike words with different meanings

  • One word or two? (every day vs. everyday, every one vs. everyone)

  • Words that change spelling or hyphenation according to how you use them

  • Your own troublesome word confusions and how to fix them

  • Words that are truly interchangeable and words that don’t exist

  • Mythical mistakes

  • Using more of the vocabulary you have

  • Anyone who must write accurately and precisely
  • Anyone who worries about confusing words
  • Anyone who is curious about language

Karen Kebarle holds a Masters in English from the University of Toronto, a PhD in English from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. She has taught for 14 years at the post-secondary level, including at Algonquin College, La Cité, and the University of Ottawa. Her areas of expertise include business English, persuasive writing, English as a second language, and oral communication. She has also worked as a writer, a freelance editor, and a guide at the National Gallery of Canada.

“Great course, well taught. I enjoyed it!”

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The Right Word
November 18, 2019
9:00 - 16:00
The Right Word
February 14, 2020
9:00 - 16:00

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