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Reflection on Misspeaking and Lip-Service Apologies

Laura Finley | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Laura Finley

"Misspeaking" refers to fumbling for the right word. It is accidental, a slip-up. It is not when someone who clearly believes what he or she is saying tries to make nice by claiming they didn't really mean what they very obviously said.

Cutting to the Chase

Robin Lakoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robin Lakoff

It seems obvious that people create shortened forms to save time. And yet, most often, we don't save that much time and may run the risk of endangering intelligibility.

Blowing Smoke

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

"But" is a word I could just as well do without. It stops more projects before they even hit the planning stage than it creates.

Look, Stop Saying "LOOK"

Bill Swadley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Bill Swadley

Sometimes a writer will use the word, 'look' to begin a line, but it will be in the context of a command as, "Look at the puppy," or "Look away before you turn to stone!"