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About thebettereditor

Chris holds a BA degree in history from the University of Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in writing from the University of Southern Maine (Stonecoast). He has worked extensively with professional and semi-professional writers and enthusiastic amateurs for about 20 years. He has several years experience in scientific publishing, but has also worked in information technology, insurance, health care, and education (he taught writing at the university level for a number of years). Since 2011, he's also specialized in helping small business meet their writing and editing needs on a budget.
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  1. Pam Phillips says:

    I rather like “dis-include” and “heart-quenching.” Used deliberately, such coinages could sound forceful or poetic.
    I’m willing to bet that a quick google on “teen pregnancy” and “social problems” would turn up plenty of websites railing against them, but on a level of abstraction that ignores the concrete matters you allude to.

  2. I actually agree with you. Except maybe for “dis-include,” which is just inelegant. I could suspend disbelief, if I try. It’s the context that turned most of these examples silly, including the pregnancy ones: muddling the concrete and the abstract was just one of that essay’s problems.

    On a tangent: my favorite “heart” phrase is probably a reference to the “heart-burnings of the aristocrat” by Marx (in the Manifesto). The use was so bizarre – but also effective – that it still sticks with me. I don’t think I can get behind “heart-quenching” in the same way, though.

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