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Effective, Efficient, Effectual, and Efficacious: Attempts to Define

Are there some words that drive you crazy because you're not sure which of many apparent synonyms to choose?

Maeve Maddox, who writes the Daily Writing Tips blog, discusses the various ways that the words "effective," "efficient," "effectual" and efficacious can be used. 

I thought that these words may play a part in your scholarly writing; or maybe, like me, you just enjoy thinking about words and language.

If so, then check out her blog.  It will be an efficient use of your time, and may be an effective way to improve your writing.



Poms revisited

Poms, Pomodoros, Tomayto, Tomahto...
I received a reminder today from Ellis Wakefield that this blog hasn't featured Poms for a while.  He wrote me to let me know that he had recently published a short article called "The Pomodoro Technique – The Ultimate Task Ender" in Red Shed, about the use of Poms, or Pomodoros, in getting tasks done.  I thought it was a nice, clear, simple explanation and I refer you there.

We've blogged about Poms before -- see "What on Earth Are Poms?" by Susanne Morgan.

Here is the official Pomodoro Website and the book created by Francesco Cirillo, the originator of the Pomodoro Technique.

Want Your Own Tomato? In case you get inspired to have your own actual tomato timer ("pomodoro" is Italian for tomato) ticking away while you write, click on the tomato timer on the right to access one for $.49.  Many Pomodoro technique fanatics feel the ticking is soothing but also reminds you to stay on task.

The Pomodoro Technique h…