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Where To Begin

Approximately 20 years ago I needed to go out of town to help a family member who was having surgery. Precious, my sweet kitty needed loving, attentive care while I was out of town.

I scoured the yellow pages (still popular at the time) then called several places before I drove out of state and around my area to visit these facilities. As I drove my car that was on its last leg to Pennsylvania, I secretly wondered if I was being a bit fanatical about my search.

In case it’s not obvious – many pet owners see our pets as our babies – especially if we don’t have any of the human variety.

The site in Pennsylvania had a clean and comforting environment. Each cat had a personal glass-enclosed room and access to a common play area that was separate from the dogs.

As I was lulled into choosing that location then my mind shocked me back to reality. Driving a defective car to transport her to and from this site probably wasn’t a good idea. I was planning to rent a car for my trip to help my relative! So I decided to focus on boarding sites in my state and city instead.

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Cat In a Field

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Local Cat Hospital and Boarding Site

I went to one facility that was described as being “in the country”. As I recall, it was off a dirt road and the owner was cleaning when I arrived. She apologized for things being out of order when I told her why I’d stopped by. The cat cages were stacked but she moved them into the house while she cleaned. Since the smell of bleach overwhelmed me two to three feet from the doorway I was glad I didn’t see any cats when I arrived.

Cleaning is a good thing. Keeping the cats in a shed outside was a not the environment for my girl. So I immediately crossed that one off the list.

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Don’t Leave Me

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Never Can Say Goodbye (just like the Jackson 5)

The clock was ticking and starting to get antsy about finding a place for Precious. I eventually visited a cat hospital that I forgot existed and settled on it.

I paid extra for daily one-on-one attention and “play time” for her four-day stay, but she refused to look at me when I dropped her off and tried to say goodbye.

Mommy heartbreak…

But I’ll share more about that next time!

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Did that “ain’t” plus the i.e. and e.g. reference make you go hmm? I’m thinking if your mama taught you “ain’t” was wrong like mine did it definitely rubbed you the wrong way. When I use the word “ain’t” it’s because I want to make a point.

I grew up in the South (Virginia) and at least one person said “ain’t” around me every day I walked outside. Even if you don’t use ain’t, I.e. and E.g. are abbreviations you probably include in your writing or see in other people’s written communication. Maybe you use one or both of them. But are you using i.e. and e.g. accurately? 

There’s just one problem – it’s wrong!

We build habits through our repeated actions. Let’s look at the abbreviations we use to refer to “for example”. Countless times I’ve read i.e. followed by a list of items used as examples. Whether I see it written in blog posts, articles, or social media comments there’s no shortage of this abbreviation in action. There’s just one problem – it’s wrong! Before you close the page, I urge you to keep reading.

Writers liberally sprinkle i.e. throughout their comments or website copy when they should actually be writing e.g., which means ‘for example”. By contrast, i.e. means “that is”, “in other words”, “that is to say”, or “in other words”. Using this abbreviation is meant to introduce something that will be further explained by what follows.

Don’t believe me? Take a look:

Check out the correct usage of both abbreviations.

E.g. The company has fantastic benefits (e.g., 401K, generous sick leave, and vacation, etc.) which were factors he considered before accepting their job offer.I.e. The company has fantastic benefits (i.e., perks) which were factors he considered before accepting their job offer.

If you create written content personally or professionally (for your own or your client’s business) you owe it to yourself to be as accurate as possible.

As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

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Focus on Your Work


Spell/Grammar Check

If you’re thinking about using the spell/grammar check on your word processing program, I’ll say, “Don’t depend on it.” Why you ask? If you spell the word correctly but don’t use it properly, your spell and grammar checker won’t always catch your mistake.

Technology can’t replace human editing and proofreading. 

I get it.  You’re busy. Missing these errors doesn’t mean you’re not smart. Many of my former coworkers and managers were smart people; they were both college and non-college educated. Still, it was surprising how many people with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees got tripped up by i.e and e.g. Nobody is good at everything.  It doesn’t matter whether you were careless, forgetful or didn’t know, you can’t break a bad habit until you know you have one. Let’s face it. If readers consume your written content filled with errors, they will judge you based on what they see.

If you want to put your best foot forward, sign up for my Word Dodger mini-cheat sheet. It includes reminders about i.e., e.g. and other common grammatical errors we make in our everyday writing. Then you’ll be on our mailing list and get the expanded version when it’s released. Keep it open on your browser tab while you’re writing or print it out for an easy reference.

If you need help checking your content to make sure it’s ready for prime time, reach out to me.

So tell me in the comments if these two abbreviations ever tripped you up or if you already knew the difference.

Here’s to making every touch point with you a positive one!



It’s Thanksgiving Eve and seems like the year has virtually vanished at the blink of an eye. There’s a chill in the air, piles of leaves on the ground and 1000’s of people traveling by air, train and car.

Whether you’re on the road or in the kitchen, preparing massive quantities of food for loved ones, I hope you’ll pause and give thanks virtually, face-to-face or in your own heart, for the gifts you enjoy every day.

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Small business owner has anyone ever asked you that question? What’s your first
reaction – shock, anger, confusion, hurt? Is your first response to give the person a
“piece of your mind” or do you withdraw and refuse to speak to him/her? Whichever
response you choose I think is based on your own confidence.

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