Category Archives: Say What?

Step Up to the Lectern, Please

Hmm, does this sound familiar? It appeared in a recent “You Don’t Say,” the blog of Baltimore Sun copy chief John E. McIntyre: Spot the Error:  From an account of Mitt Romney’s appearance yesterday at the annual convention of the … Continue reading

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Toss That Ballast

We all know the filler words: “so,” “and,” “but,” “now” and their ilk.  Other expressions might be called “ballast words,” for they can sink our speech with unnecessary weight. Dump this dead weight immediately: “I would like to (say, thank, … Continue reading

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