Friday, November 28, 2014

TouchWording site helps you put it into words

11/28/2014

You're not 40, you're eighteen with 22 years' experience

You shouldn't have...But I'm so glad you did! The present's wonderful. Thank you.

I often think of you, at least as often as you may have asked yourself whether I have forgotten you. How are you?

I wish I had said that. Or written it. Or even thought it. Truth is, I cribbed those pearls from a website, one where people are apparently far more thoughtful and articulate than me. And they're nice enough to not only record their thoughts and phrases, they have organized them under several topics and made them available to anyone and everyone for free.

The site is Touchwording.com and you might want to bookmark it for the next time you need to write a thank you note, a letter of condolence or an invitation to have dinner or a drink with an old friend. The site was created by London-based GhostWording Ltd.

Olivier Bourdin, Director of GhostWording Ltd., knows that we can be lazy in our personal communication. "There are so many opportunities for people to say the same things in a fun and memorable way, yet we mainly decide to opt for the bland and repetitive phrases."

Bourdin said the company is creating a growing database of phrases for users who want to become more engaging and memorable. Some of those phrases are written by people at GhostWording and some were written by well-known authors. Others will come from average people who enter a writing contest that the company plans to launch.

You can browse the current collection at TouchWording.com. A mobile app will be available soon, to help us improve the quality of those texts and emails we write on the run.

In the meantime, keep in mind this quote from George Bernard Shaw: "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."


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