Word Watch

Word Watch

Words about words

LeadershipWord Watch

For Whom The Whistle Blows

Blow the whistle.
Are whistleblowers heroes or snitches?
CommunicationWord Watch

Get To The Point

Light up sign saying "yeah" with three exclamation points
How did we get so hooked on exclamation points?
PsychologyWord Watch

Echo Chamber

Repeating arched lights
Why is it so convincing to repeat a claim again and again — even if it’s patently untrue?
Personal DataWord Watch

Data. Mine.

People in a crowd, holding up their phones.
Americans have been feeling very protective of our data lately. But what is it exactly that we’re trying to protect?
Free SpeechWord Watch

Language Police

Language Police
What happens when we censor our own words — and the ideas they represent?
Language TrendsWord Watch

Battle Cry

Usage of the word embattled in headlines
Why is the word “embattled” popping up in headlines everywhere?
Book ExcerptWord Watch

Pathological Friendliness

How nice is too nice? Read an excerpt from Jennie Latson's new book.
Book ExcerptWord Watch


Great brands are built on something more than the bottom line. Read an excerpt from two Rice Business alumni.
Book ExcerptWord Watch


Scott Sonenshein teaches us we all have more to work with than we can imagine.
Book ExcerptWord Watch


Read an excerpt form Tony Gorry's book, Memory's Encouragement.
Workplace CommunicationWord Watch

Words To The Wise

Business jargon, when used properly, can cut through clutter and enhance understanding. But when used wrong, it can create a fog that not even the smartest can navigate.
Business jargon: How to not communicate effectively.