Category Archives: Words

Utopia vs Dystopia? Surprise! They mean the same thing.

I’ve noted in the past on this blog how every once in a while a word rises to sudden prominence in popular usage, but is nonetheless used incorrectly by almost everyone. I blame this largely on media pundits, who hear … Continue reading

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Unusual Words: Defining Prelapsarian and Manichaean

As a language person I, of course, love words. Although as with most things that generate intense feeling, I also hate words (remember everyone: the opposite of love is not hate—it’s indifference*). So I relish moments when I come across … Continue reading

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Anthropomorphism: Always a Bad Idea Outside of Fiction?

Assigning human characteristics to non-human things is a time-honored writing technique. Most writers are not only aware of and familiar with the idea of personification—describing something as a person when it definitely is not—but at some point in their educations … Continue reading

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WOTY (Word of the Year) – 2018 Edition, Part 2

Earlier this month the 2018 Word of the Year (WOTY) season wrapped up with two final announcements: the spree of candidates and winners from the American Dialect Society and the final selection from Australia’s Macquarie dictionary. (If you missed the … Continue reading

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WOTY (Word of the Year) – 2018 Edition

The holiday season wouldn’t be in full swing here on The Better Editor blog without a post (or two, or three…) on the yearly antics of dictionaries around the world declaring their “Words of the Year.” Regular readers know that … Continue reading

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