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On Behalf of Jamais Vu

Do you ever have an experience where, without warning, something that you’re familiar with feels suddenly like you’re encountering it for the very first time? There’s actually a term for this: it’s jamais vu, the opposite of déjà vu. Instead … Continue reading

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Word of the Year (WOTY): 2020 Edition! (Part 1 of 2)

I’m a little behind getting this going but yes, that’s right, it’s time once again for the feature that you love and I hate (or is it that you hate it and I love it?): the annual Word of the … Continue reading

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WOTY (Word of the Year) 2019 – Part 1

It’s a terrible practice, this end of year wrap-up thing, isn’t it? All sorts of news outlets, starved for content and fresh ideas, filling space in their December publications (electronic or print) with lists of the 10 best this and … 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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Thou Shalt Not Use “Shall”

I’ve mentioned before on this blog that a large chunk of my work in recent years has been for law firms. When you work in that domain you have a lot of exposure to “legalese,” both in the common derogatory … Continue reading

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