The initial aim of political correctness, to establish non-hateful language was, and still is, admirable.
In little more than a generation and a half we have become a more caring and inclusive society.
Knowing how to communicate about death gives us the language to discuss end-of-life topics with our loved ones.
We use euphemisms about death and dying to soften the blow of the real words, or because we feel awkward being direct. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion.
‘Going forward’ is a boardroom and husting escapee that has now made it big time in the workplace, and even outside.
When they start life, clichés are fetching and memorable phrases. But overuse has sucked them of vitality – and now they walk among the living dead.
A shift to open-plan offices means interpersonal and influencing skills are more important than ever.
So-called 'soft skills' – including interpersonal skills, critical thinking and relationship-building – are rated as being important across all jobs and industries.
External stressors might have more to do with a low-income couple’s success.
Relationship education programs are meant to strengthen low-income couples, with the idea children would benefit. But focusing on communication skills overlooks what really matters to these Americans.
Our relationships, desires, anxieties are reflected in the way we communicate.
A "passion" was once thought of as a love or desire so irresistible as to take one to the threshold of death. What are we to make, then, of a passion for innovation or management consulting? What's happening to our words?
The English language has a tendency to reinforce patriarchy, but there are ways to stop that.
The English language reinforces patriarchy, but we can use the language to counter it instead.