Planning for Words Matter Week 2010

Words Matter Week 2010 poster

Words Matter Week 2010 poster

The Words Matter quote for this year’s event is:

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter–

it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.

Mark Twain

We’ve posted the 2010 Words Matter Week downloadable poster, and you’re welcome to copy and share the image on your own website. You may also download, print, and post the poster anywhere you choose. Just be sure to link back to this site (, so that your readers can learn more about the event.

We’ll be posting interviews with special guests; watch for them at the Words Matter Week 2010 page. We’ll be talking with Robert Hartwell Fiske of The Vocabula Review, Carol Topp, CPA (and if you don’t think the IRS is concerned about words, you’ll find out differently!), and editor Barbara McNichol on Whacking Wordiness. You can listen live, or listen later, but whatever you do, I think you’ll enjoy these varied guests.

The Blog Challenge Questions for each day will be posted in a new post on the blog (just go to to see the individual question posted in the most recent post). For each day of the blog challenge, you may post a response on your blog, then come back the Words Matter blog and leave the title of your post and a link in the comment section of the challenge post. If you write a post for each day’s topic (a total of five posts), you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift certificate. We’ll announce the winner in the next issue of the newsletter.

Here’s a preview of the questions:

What is the most important word or words in your life? Why?

Communication breaks down when words are misused. What is the funniest, most interesting, or worst break-down you’ve ever observed?

Writers are people who take isolated words and craft them into memorable phrases, stories, poems and plays. Who are the writers who make your heart sing? What is the magic ingredient?

If you had to eliminate one word or phrase from the English language, what would it be? Why?

What person in your life helped you understand the importance of choosing words carefully? What would you say to them if you met them today?