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Formal vs. Informal Writing
Let’s talk about writing.
Whether you’re sending an email to your boss or compiling a sweet daily marketing newsletter (😉), most of us write every day.
Deciding how formal your writing needs to be can be tricky at times. It’s like picking an outfit for the right occasion.
So, what’s the difference between formal and informal writing and which style should you choose?
Grammarly defines informal language as to how you communicate with people you know well and can relax around. We can get down with that definition. We keep the Daily Carnage informal because we can know we can relax with you.
Think of informal writing as the way you converse with friends. Very few contractions mixed with slang, abbreviations, and expressions of emotion. We’re not suggesting you need to be informal with your friends at all times. It really depends on the context.
Think of formal language as the front of a mullet; all business. “It’s more serious, and features more buttoned-up construction, longer words, and little to no slang. A professional might use it to write a cover letter, business proposal, white paper, or legal brief.” Exclamations with formal writing are frowned upon.
So, how do you choose?
Choosing between informal and formal language comes down to knowing your audience and knowing them well. When in doubt, err on the side of formality. It’s always easier to start with the business side of the mullet and move to the party in the back.
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The Yearly Carnage 2019
For those of you who don’t know, we ran our 2nd Yearly Carnage conference on October 4th in Pittsburgh, PA.
It was a pretty epic day. Do us a solid and check out the 2-minute teaser below.
PS: 2020 date coming real soon.
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