1/02/2008

It's good to 'wordsmith' a blog again

“We don’t want to wordsmith this ordinance tonight,” the mayor of Fort Myers, Fla., said at a recent meeting.

Yikes. Mr. Rewrite never would have gone looking for this bureaucratic monstrosity if not for the good folks at Lake Superior State University. They've released their annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.

An excerpt:
WORDSMITH/WORDSMITHING – "I've never read anything created by a wordsmith - or via wordsmithing - that was pleasant to read." – Emily Kissane, St. Paul, Minn.

This list usually doesn't do much for Mr. Rewrite because much of it is tongue-in-cheek snobbery. But "wordsmith" will join "tase" and "Taser" as words Mr. Rewrite doesn't want to see accepted as verbs. Call him dull, but he'll stick with "write."

"Surge," "waterboarding" and "post 9/11" make the list, but these don't bother Mr. Rewrite. Neither does "authored," which seems out of place on a list of language don'ts. However, Mr. Rewrite cheers the inclusion of "perfect storm," an annoyance to be found in hundreds and hundreds of articles on Google News.

Here's the AP story. Rah.

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