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Monday, July 17, 2017

List of plain English words and phrases - Wikipedia

Plain English (sometimes referred to more broadly as plain language) is a generic term for communicating in English that emphasizes clarity, brevity, and avoiding technical language—particularly relating to official government or business communication. It uses simple, familiar words instead of lengthy, formal words, avoids jargon, prefers positive words to negative words, and prefers strong verbs to be verbs.
This is a list of plain English words and phrases and the more lengthy, formal words for which they are recommended as replacements in writing guides. The problem word is listed first; the plain English alternative follows.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

From Bias and Blame to Balance: Sensitive Style for Covering Sexual Violence | Conscious Style Guide

Karen Yin writes in the Conscious Style Guide:

"When misconceptions prevail about what constitutes rape, who can be raped, who rapes, and who can prevent rape, editors can minimize unfair and inaccurate media coverage of sexual assault by flagging biased reporting and words that shift blame to the victim."

Sunday, February 5, 2017

31 Words and Phrases You No Longer Need | Grammarly

Here’s a list of thirty-one words and phrases you need to take off your payroll this year.

Hell no.

Eight years ago, I was filled with hope about our country after we elected our first black president. But mostly because of Republican intransigence on accepting any compromise, Barack Obama did not accomplish as much as I had hoped beyond certain significant successes he achieved without their involvement.
So I am outraged by Republican politicos and Trump supporters who say Democrats and progressives should turn the other cheek and let Trump be president.
Hell no. Not only am I still pissed at the unethical, unamerican actions of the Republican Party, I also detest everything Trump and his party stand for. Until he and his party show respect for and compromise with people different from them and less rich than them, I will fight their every move.
I continue to remember that Obama twice earned a majority of the votes in his elections, a fact neither the Republicans nor Trump respected and recognized. On the other hand, Trump got less than half the votes in his first-ever election, yet his deceitful apologists call it a mandate. Bullshit.
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