Author Archives: stanleygraphics

About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.

Nice going, Avery!

When I blog about customer service, usually it is a complaint. This time it is praise. I use many Avery products (labels, index cards, business cards, and the like). I had a problem recently with their #8471 business cards. After … Continue reading

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Missing Word Parts

dennist for dentist senner  for center fith for fifth distric attorney for district attorney buh-in for button reconize for recognize foeword for forward Of course, there are many more. Tell me some of yours.

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Russian Female Tennis Players

It is pathetic that tennis broadcasters consistently mispronounce the names of female tennis players. Addressing this seems to be a lost cause. Apparently, even the players have given up, since they appear to be willing to accept this in the … Continue reading

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What Do I Know?

Y’know, there are many explanations as to why so many people, y’know,  punctuate their sentences with the phrase “y’know” frequently. I disagree with all of them. My theory, y’know, is that, y’know, it is, y’know, used simply out of habit—a … Continue reading

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Monthly Period

What is so particular about this word that even on medical shows they cannot pronounce it correctly? The term for a woman’s monthly period is menstruate (men-stru-ate). So why do they pronounce it menstrate most of the time?

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End of the Month

It’s the end of the month, and February still has two Rs, but rarely anyone cares.

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Carrot and Stick

It bothers me that the metaphor of the carrot and the stick has become perverted. To me it describes the holding of a stick with a carrot on a string at the end of it and dangling it in front … Continue reading

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