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The 15 Most Annoying Expressions in Politics

From Real Clear Politics:

Irritating phrases and words are not confined to political circles, or solely to Washington, although here in the nation’s capital they burrow in and proliferate like obsolete, but entrenched, government programs. This is a call to arms to fight them—but only metaphorically.

It’s a pretty good list.


Why Do We Hate Certain Words?

From Slate: “The curious phenomenon of word aversion.” The word, “moist” is the example.

Goodness, I like the word “moist.” It’s quite descriptive; and I think I’ll use it in the novel I’m writing—working title: Lap Dance Bride.

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“Well-chosen words”

The guardians of English may be unable to resist linguistic change but they do have the power to influence it.

A reference to books on grammar and spelling…and a poem:

I have a spelling checker,

It came with my PC.

It plane lee marks four my revue

Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

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The Politically Incorrect Etymologies of 11 Words and Phrases

From Mental Floss:

At various moments in its life, a word will hop languages, change meanings, travel through sinister moments and land in pleasant ones. But no matter how many times it’s superimposed, and how far it gets from its original source, a word doesn’t let go of its memories easily. Here are 11 modern English words with socially insensitive origins.


Read the list at the above link.

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I’ve Often Wondered What “Metrosexual” Meant…

From neo-neocon, Metrosexuals of the world unite, helps explain it. Summary: think of the term dandy, “a guy you can take to the opera…If you happen to want to go there.”

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