More Expressions to Avoid

by admin on September 27, 2011

Have a paper due soon or an exam coming up? You may want to look at this wonderful blog dedicated to unnecessary (i.e. redundant) yet common phrases. Polish your writing by avoiding these hackneyed expressions, many of which also appear (…)

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Especially for Midterms: On Redundancy

by admin on September 23, 2011

Today I mentioned in class that in the upcoming take-home exam I will look for writing quality as much as substance. When students asked about the strict page limit I intend to impose, I explained that one of the best (…)

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Words We Don't Use

by admin on September 13, 2011

Since I posted my first “Words to Avoid” list on my writing guide in August 2010, I have been getting occasional e-mails from readers and students protesting my decision to ban common and (what they thought were) very useful expressions, (…)

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A Writer's Deadly Sins

by admin on September 1, 2011

Every now and then, I read a new article, column, or op-ed about the miserable state of writing among young adults. The authors of these pieces are usually college professors who feel that they had enough and must rant about (…)

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