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The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing.
What do you call a co-worker these days? Neither teammate nor confederate will do, and partner is too legalistic. The answer brought from academia to the political world by Henry Kissinger and now bandied in the boardroom is colleague. It has a nice upper-egalitarian feel, related to the good fellowship of collegial.
Never assume the obvious is true.
When I need to know the meaning of a word, I look it up in a dictionary.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
To be accused of 'channeling' is to be dismissed as a ventriloquist's live dummy, derogated at not having a mind of one's own.
Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
When articulation is impossible, gesticulation comes to the rescue.
Sometimes I know the meaning of a word but am tired of it and feel the need for an unfamiliar, especially precise or poetic term, perhaps one with a nuance that flatters my readership's exquisite sensitivity.
Today, war of necessity is used by critics of military action to describe unavoidable response to an attack like that on Pearl Harbor that led to our prompt, official declaration of war, while they characterize as unwise wars of choice the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the current war in Iraq.
I'm willing to zap conservatives when they do things that are not libertarian.
The wonderful thing about being a New York Times columnist is that it's like a Supreme Court appointment - they're stuck with you for a long time.
Writers who used to show off their erudition no longer sing in the bare ruined choir of the media.
Stop worrying about the 'dumbing down' of our language by bloggers, tweeters, cableheads and MSM thumbsuckers engaged in a 'race to the bottom' of the page by little minds confined to little words.
The noun phrase straw man, now used as a compound adjective as in 'straw-man device, technique or issue,' was popularized in American culture by 'The Wizard of Oz.'
A reader ought to be able to hold it and become familiar with its organized contents and make it a mind's manageable companion.
Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.
I think we all have a need to know what we do not need to know.
Do not be taken in by 'insiderisms.' Fledgling columnists, eager to impress readers with their grasp of journalistic jargon, are drawn to such arcane spellings as 'lede.' Where they lede, do not follow.
I welcome new words, or old words used in new ways, provided the result is more precision, added color or greater expressiveness.
A book should have an intellectual shape and a heft that comes with dealing with a primary subject.
At a certain point, what people mean when they use a word becomes its meaning.
Cast aside any column about two subjects. It means the pundit chickened out on the hard decision about what to write about that day.
Have a definite opinion.
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