Bests and Worsts from 2012

New Year’s greetings to you!

As you head back to the classroom, you might enjoy this random collection of “bests” and “worsts” from 2012—either as comic relief or as examples you can use in your teaching.

Enough Already! 2012’s List of Most Overused Words and Phrases.” While not many of these are bcomm related, it’s interesting to see what current expressions people are already sick of—and to learn about Lake Superior State University’s annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness.

Famous Spelling Fails of 2012.” These are few but mighty . . . reaching into the highest echelons of U.S. politics.

Top 7 Résumé Grammatical Errors and How to Avoid Them.” This list from is short but excellent.

Business Insider’s 10 Worst and Best Ads of 2012. This site for advertising professionals showcases the worst “stinkers” of the year and the best of the best.

The 15 Worst Marketing Stock Photos of 2012.” The commentary on these photos is funny—but there are good lessons here about (ineffective) visual rhetoric, too.

The 10 Worst Communication Mistakes for Your Career.” This 2012 Forbes article provides timely advice on communication gaffes to avoid if you want to be perceived as leadership material. (Bonus: Contains a link to the “Top 6 Communication Skills That Will Get You Promoted.”)

May your students’ triumphs be many and their “fails” few in 2013!

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