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Words We Ostensibly, Potentially, Just Maybe Totally Use Too Often 

My fellow 7D writer Kevin J. Kelley just sent me a link to a great New York Times blog called Words We Love Too Much that critiques the paper's language use. The overused word of the day is "eponymous." Writers here know how I, as an editor, feel about that one.

Then Kevin suggested that, being a word nerd and a grammar fascist (my terms, not his), I try Blurting something similar. Since I just yesterday lectured someone on the use of "begging the question", I couldn't resist.

Language develops organically, like a garden, and in this garden there are some weeds that inexplicably grow very big. I'm talking about words people overuse without knowing why.

Not annoying slang terms such as "OMFG!" or "That's how I roll." We're all aware of those. When we use them, we're trying to be cool (or ironic).

No, I'm talking about good old regular words that turn into monsters.

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Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison

Margot Harrison is the Associate Editor at Seven Days; she coordinates literary and film coverage. In 2005, she won the John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.

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