Writing Topics: Guardian

Cascading jargon


In a recent Guardian article, Steven Poole had an enjoyable dig at office jargon. Among other things, he suggested that asking for something by “end of play” might be “trying to hypnotise you into thinking you are having fun”. I am similarly suspicious of the corporate fondness for prettifying everyday tasks and functions, the word […]

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All you need to know about style


From William Safire, quoted in the Guardian Style Guide: “Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you re-read your work, you will find on re-reading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing. Never use a long word where a diminutive […]

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Words that should be banned: decline


[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] Here’s something annoying that I’m spotting more and more often: journalists’ increasing use of the word “decline” when they mean “refuse”.

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