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January 22, 2015

How did the SOTU resonate--or not--with the American people? Lee Carter joins FOX & Friends' Brian Kilmeade with the answer.

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January 21, 2015

Imagine a TV salesman says that as you read this, your friend from college, who you’ve always rather unsecretly had a kind of semi-twisted bromantic rivalry with, is getting a much bigger TV than you. Also much, um, crisper. Where the blacks are blacker or some nonsense.

 

Perhaps a few people would shout “Ohhhhhh no. Trevor is NOT upstaging me, TV-wise!” These people are mostly sitcom husbands.

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January 21, 2015

We gave our advice to President Obama and now that he has delivered his sixth State of the Union address, we have some feedback on language we loved and language that made us wonder whether what we heard was what he really meant to say.  

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January 20, 2015

It’s that time of the year again.  No, not THAT time…  We aren’t here to talk football.  But some might say we’re talking about the Super Bowl of speeches.  That’s right.  You guessed it!  It’s time for the State of the Union address. The time where language geeks everywhere (or at least here) get pretty excited…  We can’t wait to hear what the President has to say. 

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January 15, 2015

Michael Maslansky joined Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor to discuss the phenomenon of Google today. Michael and Bill discuss both the influence on our lives it has, as well as how it operates as an often unsourced and privately managed information provider.

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January 14, 2015

Office moves can be great for office morale—everyone likes new spaces and a chance to start fresh.  But they can also be a little dangerous.  Someone always seems to take the opportunity to criticize everyone else’s messy desks and less-than-hygienic habits.

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January 14, 2015

Coaching 8th graders to pitch a new shoe to Nike isn’t exactly something that happens every day at m+p.  But this past December, our entire company found ourselves doing just that – with over fifty 8th graders!  

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January 13, 2015

Here are our picks for this year’s Language Moments.  They made us laugh…they made us cringe…they changed the way we look at the world...they inspired us. And they all made us remember that language matters.  

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January 08, 2015

In January, many of us go on a self-improvement kick, and I'm no exception.  This year I've challenged myself to kick off the year with 30 days of yoga.  As a Language Strategist, one of the things I love about yoga is actually its very specific and deliberate use of language. 

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January 05, 2015

The language we use can affect the way we behave. From how we title meetings, to the pronouns we use, simple shifts can make big differences.

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