Sparkling writing

Sparkling wine picI’m currently taking a MOOC on writing (massive open online course) with edX and the University of Queensland. The lecturer surprised me with the information that the words ‘grammar’ and ‘glamour’ are related, as they both derive from the Greek word ‘grammatikos’ meaning letter. Apparently, the narrowing of grammar to mean the ‘rules of language’ only came into being during the late seventeenth century.

I’m enamoured of and intrigued with the idea of grammar being closely linked to the word ‘glamour’. I’d like to make my writing ‘pop’. I do adapt my writing styles to various forms of marketing materials. Sometimes it’s a lively piece for my blog; or an article to touch hearts and minds such as a human interest story; or a dry, academic style required for a report or technical document.

The word glamour to me evokes excitement, but also, high quality. If I can inject a bit more of both into all my writing styles I’ll be happy.

I’m looking forward to learning more from this course.

Click here to visit the edX website and find the Write101x course

 

Author: vanessacurney

International communications consultant