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Classic Example of Over-Inflated Language

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities. Over-inflated and convoluted language does not make a person sound more intelligent, but it does make a person seem as if: he’s … Continue reading

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The Opinionator on Language

One of the easiest ways to get a discussion going online is to ask people what words or phrases annoy them more than others, similar to what we’ve done on our Your Pet Peeves page. The Opinionator (Stanley Fish) at … Continue reading

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Guestimate

This is just a rough guestimate, but I believe that I’ve heard “guestimate” said five times in the past two weeks. If you ask me, that’s six times too many–if you count the time I just said it. I’m not … Continue reading

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