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Plain Language

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever I know that this isn’t news since the Plain Language Act passed last year, but since I’ve recently talked about convoluted and over-inflated language, I thought I’d mention it … Continue reading

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Let’s Collaborate to Eradicate Collaborate!

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever I know it’s not going to happen, but I would love to get through one day without hearing the word “collaborate.” No one works with anyone else any longer.  … Continue reading

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Buzzword Bingo

We talk quite a bit here about inflated, trendy language (also a popular topic in Literally, the Best Language Book Ever), but dailywritingtips.com has suggested 24 popular buzzwords that can be turned into a game of buzzword bingo. The idea … Continue reading

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Convoluted and Over-Inflated Language

In Literally, the Best Language Book Ever, I have a chapter called “You Thought You Were Clever, But..” in which I talk about words, phrases, and expressions that might have once been clever or cute but have lost all charm … Continue reading

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24 Things You Might Be Saying Wrong…

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities A Reader’s Digest article from last year, 24 Things You Might Be Saying Wrong, includes quite a few examples of what I … Continue reading

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Come On, Newspaper!

We all make typos, but come on, New Orleans Times-Picayune! (For more, see the Yahoo Sports blog)

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Words Worthy of Being Trashed

While I may have written a book on the topic (Literally, the Best Language Book Ever), it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks that some words, phrases, and expressions deserve to be tossed into the … Continue reading

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Trite Trophy Winner 2010: At The End of The Day

Gene Collier, a sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, has awarded the “Trite Trophy” to a deserving sports cliche for the past 27 years. In the column, he mocks commonly used sports phrases and mixed cliches in what has … Continue reading

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Talk About a Holiday Special: Everything Is Free at Target!

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever I know that retailers always try to top each other during the Christmas shopping season, but Target has seemingly gotten carried away: Everything in the store is free, at … Continue reading

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Tone Check

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever Did you run a grammar check, spell check, and tone check before sending that important e-mail to your boss? If you were like me (until fairly recently), I didn’t … Continue reading

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