Wednesday, May 04, 2016


… Death of a Word Man - WSJ. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

In his various writings, Robert insisted on distinctions: between forcefully and forcibly, fortunately and fortuitously, tortured and tortuous, and many more. He could be death on academic locution and on the ungainly “in terms of,” the overused “scenario,” the misused “transpire,” the merely hideous “prioritize.”
As well he should have. Of course, I was for many years a  copy editor.

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