Tuesday, October 19

The Vocabula Review

The Vocabula Review has been a personal favorite for quite some time now. The annual subscription is painfully cheap, and it's always good for wasting a half hour or so here and there. Consider this month's proposed addition to the English language: the 'dimwitticism.' Examples:
meaningful So elusive is meaning in our lives that we think we must modify scores of words with the word meaningful. Though we may struggle not to believe that emptiness is all, attaching meaningful to words like action, change, dialogue, discussion, experience is no sound solution. Meaningful describes that which has meaning, and derides that which has none. push the envelope Like many hundreds of English idioms, push the envelope helps ensure that any article, any book in which it appears is mediocre and unmemorable. Literature does not allow expressions like this; bestsellers demand them.

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