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Verbing weirds language

19 October, 2009

The Temple Spa, in the middle of Ireland, is a haven of peace and quiet, a welcome respite from the stresses of the real world…

… that is, until a dozen Lero students turn up, with Windows error chimes and tangles of laptop power cables and arguments about science versus engineering, for a Writers’ Workshop run by David A. Grier*.

Every job has its perks, right?

The Lero posse

The workshop was excellent, focussing not on grammar rules but on refactoring our writing until it couldn’t be any clearer. David tangented from nominalisation to American literature (via transatlantic issues***) to cookies; much was learned and much fun was had. I’d recommend the style book we used as well; it’s short, it has lots of examples, and it has diagrams. Mmm diagrams. I conclude that technical writing is a tool for debugging your own thoughts as well as communicating with others**. So now I have a new toy to play with ๐Ÿ˜€

As for the venue… well, it was a spa. So there was floaty hypnotic music, and everything was beige, and after a few hours your brain turns to beige mush. I’m told that this is supposed to be relaxing, but I find it rather alarming ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


* not to be confused with David A. Grier

** This is unlikely to have any effect on the quality of this blog, mind. Excessive footnotes, emoticon-punctuation and mix’n’match tenses are probably here to stay. Sorry ๐Ÿ˜‰

*** “I hate all your keyboards!”

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One comment

  1. Irish taxpayers: rest assured, that wine was not purchased using state funds.

    However, we’d like to thank you for the sorbet, it was delicious ๐Ÿ˜›



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