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Ball Security Issues

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities Twice today, during two different football games, I heard an announcer say about a player who fumbles often: “He has ball-security issues.” Twice! If you … Continue reading

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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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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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Over-Inflated Language

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever The tendency to say simple things in complicated ways is so common that over-inflated language could be a blog on its own. You might say: There is a tendency … Continue reading

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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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