Tag Archives: word usage

Retiring Superannuated

Retiring superannuated: Merrill Perlman traces the origins and uses of the word “superannuated,” and decides it should be used seldom.

Keeping the usage to once in an “annum” or so would be super, he  writes.

 

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“Activist” A Dangerous Word

“Activist” is a loaded word, writes Tara Murtha.

“Certainly, there are occasions when ‘activist’ is an appropriate way to identify a participant in an article,” she writes. “Often, though, identifying someone as an ‘activist’ is a subtle but effective way to degrade the person you are quoting and their perspective by erasing credentials and professional expertise.”