3/27/2012 0 Comments
Banish: "Reach Out"
We must declare a moratorium on the use of the phrase "reach out" when what is meant is "talk," "contact," or "communicate."
There are plenty of words and phrases that are actual synonyms, so this one will not be missed.
What will also not be missed is the vaguely self-congratulatory air that it conveys, as if establishing contact were some heroic act. Inflating the initial stage out of all proportion also buries the lead, as the next information conveyed is usually the result of the contact in question. Come to the point quickly and spare readers/listeners a window into the mechanics.
We also recommend the Lake Superior State University Banished Words List Facebook Page and the website where you may submit your own nominees for banishment!
3/26/2012 0 Comments
Word of the Day: Soporific
Today's Word of the Day is auto-biographical
1a : causing or tending to cause sleep b : tending to dull awareness or alertness
2 : of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy
Example: The warmth of the fireplace combined with a hearty lunch to have a soporific effect on the writer.
The relevance of the illustration is that the Writers and Polishers, like many youngsters, first encountered this word in Beatrix Potter's The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, which if you care to, you may enjoy all over again at The Free Library, here.
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You may need to enlarge this one to appreciate what's wrong with it.
It's embarrassing for Starbucks (part of their new juice bar launch) but, lucky for them, this isn't printed/embroidered/tattooed matter...it's pixels on screens, so easily fixed!!
An oft-encountered misuse of a word = "Myself"
The Rule: never use "myself" if "me" leaves the meaning of the sentence the same.
The Reason: used correctly, "myself" receives action that I do -- "I excused myself to take the phone call." So, if "I" am not already in the sentence, "myself" can't be there either.
It can also be used to *emphasize* that I am the actor in a statement -- "Many people dislike black licorice. I, myself, adore it!"
In this latter usage, "myself" can also precede "I," like so: "For myself, I don't need any other kind!"
More: each pronoun has a reflexive version that pairs with it in the same constructions illustrated above -- you + yourself, he + himself, she + herself, we + ourselves, you + yourselves, they + themselves
Does that clear things up?
3/5/2012 0 Comments
Self-Evident Language Humor
Grammar Monkeys offers this set of grammar myths, including several "well known" ones related to prepositions at the end of sentences, split infinitives, beginning sentences with conjunctions, passive voice and others.
Some great advice is offered. It will help your writing to incorporate it, we promise!
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