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  1. The Good, the Bad and the Sublime

        Pundits claim that despite its label of being a simple sport, there’s much more to football than football itself. It starts with mental prowess – “Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought”, said Dennis Bergkamp, the renowned Dutch professional footballer – that continues down through the reporting and […]

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  2. Say Adieu to Needless Words!

    “Many of the most needless words are little ones that fill up sentences the way ‘um’ and ‘like’ and ‘you know’ fill up speech. They creep into writing when the author is afraid of sounding plain or unprofessional.” So says Christina Thompson, Editor, Harvard Review, Harvard College Library, writing in “Good Writing Matters – No Matter […]

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  3. Wonderful Words: Fare-thee-well

    Wonderful words stop the reading eye like no others. Commenting in a New York Times article of 31 May 2018 on the review of poor operations that crippled New York’s JFK International Airport following a storm, Ray LaHood, US Secretary of Transportation (2009-2013) and adviser to a Manhattan law firm, said Los Angeles International Airport […]

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  4. Pass the Menu: It’s Time for Tasty Terms

      Food, cuisine, eating habits – they’re everyday aspects of life we think little about, yet they find their way into clever expressions. The following 10 examples attest to the rich diet of words and imagery we use to cook up unusual ways of saying things.   Everything but the kitchen sink An expression meaning […]

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  5. Take Scissors to Superfluous Words

    “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” Truman Capote does not mince words as he underlines the importance of eliminating needless terms. Here’s yet another list of superfluous words you can do without.   Eliminate A distance of in the process of as the data show   Reduce take a […]

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  6. Done Deal: $5 Million Resolves the Case of the Missing Comma

    The case of Nitpickers v. Nitpickers, so coined by an article on Quartz.com, revealed the perils of missing punctuation that led to a misinterpretation of how employees are paid. The unassuming serial comma became the centre of a semantic debate driven by Oakhurst Dairy delivery-truck drivers of Maine (USA) that ended in a resolution in court […]

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