…or almost any piece of writing, really: “In the age of…” [Oh, THAT age.] “We live in an age when…” [Of course we do.] “It’s hard to know what to make of [Title] by [Author]…” [It’s your job to make *something* of it.] (Filed under “Reminders to Self, or Things to Leave on the Editing-Room… Continue reading »
This is a week to be grateful. I’m grateful for many things, including libraries. I like to visit them. I like taking my kids to them. I like writing about them. It makes me sad whenever I hear that a library has to cut staff or services or that it can’t buy the materials it… Continue reading »
You wouldn’t guess it from my wardrobe, but I subscribe to Lucky magazine. Is it worth the $12 bucks a year? You bet! Forget the fashions–I read Lucky for the prose stylings. For instance, the October issue has me asking: Are mustard-colored trousers really “huge for fall”? (Is this good news for plus-size women?) Can… Continue reading »
One of the occupational hazards of journalism is that you become dependent on certain words and phrases. There’s “says,” unavoidably. At least it’s short and unobtrusive enough to be glossed over by a reader, even if it turns up dozens of times in a story. Shorthand and economy are useful things when you have a… Continue reading »
It occurred to me the other day that it’s become refreshing to hear someone drop a good old-fashioned cliche. Put the cart before the horse. Make a mountain out of a molehill, please. Let the wheels come off the wagon. (Just don’t throw me under the bus.) Why? I think it has to do with… Continue reading »
It’s the sound of word lovers mobilizing to save their favorite bits of under-used English from the dustbin of diction. From the Times (U.K.): Dictionary compilers at Collins have decided that the word list for the forthcoming edition of its largest volume is embrangled with words so obscure that they are linguistic recrement. Such words,… Continue reading »
A new, occasional feature for those I-got-the-diction-blues days, which get more frequent the more time I spend online. Today’s entries: access, process, networked, friend (as a verb).