Tag Archives: words

Keep Words Small For Big Ideas

Keep words small for big ideas: Merrill Perlman notes a trend toward journalists using big words to “sound smart.”

“But a journalist’s job is to inform,” writes Perlman, “and information will not come through if the audience doesn’t understand the words.”

Rather than sending readers to a dictionary, “a writer wants to keep readers reading, to keep them engaged in our stories.”

 

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Words Pushed Their Way Into Media Lexicon in 2017

Media lexicon expands in 2017: Ken Doctor lists words that “pushed their way into our lexicon.”

Example: Useful idiots. “We weren’t so sophisticated in years past in cataloging our types of idiots.” The term unexpectedly was reborn in 2017.