Monthly Archives: December 2012

What if we held a contest and nobody won? (The 2012 word of the year.)

I chanced across a column recently on some prospective “words of the year” for 2012 — only one of many that I’ll read over the next several weeks. (You too?) It’s not looking good for word of the year (WOTY). … Continue reading

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Your problem might be systemic, but it’s probably not systematic.

Systemic or systematic? Do you know the distinction? This is one of those situations where a writer (or editor) with just a little less knowledge than the situation requires can easily make a mistake and assume that one word is … Continue reading

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Being historical doesn’t make it historic

Regular reader Steve G. asked recently: Historic vs. historical, is there a difference? Should historical really even be a word? There certainly is a difference, and both words have their uses. It’s worth knowing the definition for each so that … Continue reading

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Should we bury this “lede?”

[Note: This post was published on November 23rd, but apparently some error caused it to return to draft status. It should now be properly visible.] Late in this year’s election cycle, I came across an article that used a strange … Continue reading

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