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Casket or Coffin? The New York Times and Style

posted: 12.11.14 by Andrea Lunsford

In mid-November I was skimming headlines when this one caught my eye: “Please, Don’t ‘Decry’ the ‘Divorcee.’ Or Give Us Your ‘CV.” The Times Guide to Modern Usage.”  Intrigued, I clicked and read on.  In this brief piece, Susan Lehman, former deputy editor of the Sunday Review section of the New York Times, provides a “sampling of terms that should be used with care.” [read more]

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A Plethora of Words

posted: 10.7.14 by Steve Bernhardt

Reading sets of first-year essays typically offers teachers some curious insights into the minds of new college students. For several terms, I’ve found myself wondering about the word plethora. It’s of Greek origin, meaning fullness, and it has a specialized medical meaning related to profusion, or excess blood. It’s also a word that turns up more frequently than I would expect in the writings of more than a few of my students. I can only speculate why. [read more]

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Slanging the Essay

posted: 12.18.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on diction or tone. In groups, ask them to identify a key passage from the essay you’re currently discussing and revise it using more informal or slang diction. Use this to prompt a discussion of the ideas of the essay and the reasons for using one kind of diction over another.

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Categories: Collaboration, Drafting, Grammar & Style, Revising
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