Surprising Words and Phrases That Made It Into My Dissertation

I wrote my dissertation about women’s experiences as practitioners of technical and professional writing in the workplace. I graduated earlier this month, but I’m still working on getting the formatting of the final document approved by the graduate school. It turns out that formatting a dissertation is more tedious than writing one!

As I’ve gone over the formatting at least a zillion times, some interesting words have popped out at me. I’m surprised that some of these made it into my dissertation. Here’s the list.


Chris Hemsworth

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

a cooperatively owned strip club


Spiggle (the last name of somebody I cited)







Given that my topic was about women and workplaces (including entrepreneurial workplaces and the workplace of the home), it may not be too surprising to see some of these words and phrases. I think they are all explainable, given the context.


The other exciting announcement to make regarding my research is that I’ve begun turning it into a resource/community website. I want to make my findings available and helpful to everyone, not just academics who read the journals I will eventually publish in. So I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new site:

Women and Workplaces (

It isn’t finished yet. In fact, I’ve just begun. But I’d like you to visit it if you have interest in the subject of my dissertation and if you have a story of your own to share about workplaces. I’ll be updating and adding to it over the next few months.