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10 Speaking and Writing Errors That Erode Your Credibility

Want people to perceive you as intelligent and well educated? Don’t get caught using these improper expressions.


Thanks to Craig Cardimon for finding this one. I agree with all of these, especially the last three which are the most common mistakes, EXCEPT for #5.  It IS pronounced "for-tay" because it’s for the Italian word that means strong or strength. It’s used in music all the time! So, it’s being prounounced correctly in Italian when it’s said as "for-tay". It’s similar to the use of French word, passé (pronounced pass-ay). The problem that word is that accent marks on the final "e" of each word is often not used since American/English QWERTY keyboards don’t have that letter readily available. . 


So guess what, author? Your co-worker was WRONG. I even looked it up to be sure. It’s right in Bing Translator and the dictionary, for pity’s sake. Maybe next time you can look it up, too. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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