May 13th 2012
May 13th 2012
So let me open with this dilemma: Is it supposed to be “gray” or “grey”?
And the answer is simply: It depends.
Both gray and grey are acceptable spellings. Gray is used primarily in the United States and other areas that use US English. Similarly, grey is used in Great Britain and other areas that use UK English.
Having said that, do note that there are 3 exceptions to the rule:
1. Proper nouns such as a last name would always be spelled “Gray”. For instance, Earl Grey should be Earl Gray instead.
2. The dog breed, Greyhound.
3. Food irradiation (quantity of radiation energy absorbed by the food as it passes through the radiation field during processing). 1 Gray = 0.001 kGy = 1 joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of food irradiated.
In terms of COLOUR, grey and gray are actually two different “color swatches”. Many people believe grey is an actual color perceived as the hue of “silver”, and gray is a sliding scale of values from black to white.
Try out Facebook poll to see how you match up against others in knowing how to use grey/gray!
Use Ginger Grammar & Spell Checker for the correct answers to the Facebook poll.
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May 9th 2012
Today’s word is PAPARAZZI.
Paparazzi: (noun) A freelance photographer who pursues celebrities trying to take candid photographs of them to sell to newspapers or magazines.
While we hear of celebrities
assaulting complaining about paparazzi, I’m quite sure the majority of us, who are more obscure, secretly wish we could trade places with them.
Today, thanks to Instagram and the like, I guess such fancy wishes are achievable… somewhat.Leave a comment
May 9th 2012
Miki (Michal) Feldman-Simon, Ginger’s Vice President of U.S. Operations, will be speaking on how struggling writers can leverage on Ginger Software’s assistive technology.
Miki brings varied experience in entrepreneurship, education, and organization management to Ginger Software. She started her career working with underprivileged teenagers and their families and helping them prepare for military service in Israel. Miki went on to coordinate a student assistance program (Big Brother) that partnered underprivileged kids with volunteer university students. Following this, Miki served as National Sales Manager for an educational startup company, Geometrix, which created and marketed an innovative visual-thinking program for elementary school children.
She went on to establish a human-resources consulting company providing services for several successful Israeli startups including Agentics (later acquired by Mercado) and Demantra (later acquired by Oracle) and introduced Employee Assistance Programs services to the Israeli market through an alliance with an established Australian EAP provider.
Miki moved to Boston in 1998 and went on to head the Human Resources department of Phonetic Systems, which was later acquired by Nuance Inc. Miki has a B.A. in Psychology and Educational Counseling and an M.Sc. in Organizational Behavior (graduated Magna Cum Laude) from the Tel Aviv University. Miki’s passion is education and innovative educational programs.
Miki’s speech will be broadcast on 31 May 2012. You can sign up for the Live Broadcast here.3 Comments
May 7th 2012
Being politically-correct (P.C.) in our words and actions is a skilful art. We do it constantly at home with our loved ones, at work with our colleagues, and even with ourselves when we need some self-assurance (read this as ‘self-denial’).
While some might say it is just a little shy of lying, being p.c. actually involves more of twisting presenting the truth from a different angle.
Having said that, sometimes it’s better to call an apple “an apple”. :p
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