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As it has done for the past couple of years, the New York Times analytics department has kept track of which words readers of the Times website click on the most to look up definitions. At the top of the leaderboard this year are such stumpers as panegyric
, and Manichean
. How well do you know the thorniest Times vocab?
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Christopher Johnson, a branding expert who runs the website The Name Inspector, has a new book out called Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little
about how contemporary message-makers need to become "verbal miniaturists." In this excerpt, Johnson explains how "neologisms can be among the most powerful of micromessages."
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Whenever we read fiction, a three-way bond springs to life between the writer, the reader, and the characters. Writer and reader are real human beings, the characters are imaginary, but to write a believable story, the writer must convince the readers that the characters are as human as he or she and we are, and draw us into a conversation in which facts of life may be compared and foibles confessed.
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Every technological advance brings with it new vocabulary, very often by taking old words and supplying new meanings. The age of social media has given us friending
, and so forth. Now Google's foray into social networking, Google+, has introduced its own lingo: circles
. But with such a new system (Google+ is still in limited field trial), there's naturally some initial confusion over basic terminology.
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I'm not an Apple guy, but this month I am, because the most egregious euphemisms I've come across since last month hail from the land of Steve-Jobs-istan. As covered in Language Log, "as it turns out" is Apple-ese for unfortunately,
and "That's not recommended" replaces any comment remotely equivalent to "Duh!"