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Subject:Re: most annoying word From:Stuart Burnfield <sburnf -at- au1 -dot- ibm -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Wed, 1 Mar 2006 14:43:40 +0800
1. The word 'reticent' being used in place of 'reluctant'. "I'm reticent to
agree to that..."
2. Adding syllables to a perfectly good word to make it sound more
impressive. Usually the only problem with the new word is that it means
something different: for example saying 'definitive' when 'definite' is
meant. Sometimes the new word is not just wrong, but gives the sentence a
completely unintended meaning: "The speech concluded with a simplistic wish
for truth and harmony in all things."
3. The pretentious expletive 'particular': "On this particular occasion..."
4. The words 'analysis', 'technique', 'partitioning', 'modules',
'Discussion', 'technique', 'taboo', 'listserv' and 'DFD' used in
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