Re: What's a cliche, anyway? do I like this guy? (take II)

Subject: Re: What's a cliche, anyway? do I like this guy? (take II)
From: Peter Sturgeon <prsturgeon -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 08:17:31 -0500 (EST)

--- Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> wrote:

> All we can reasonably hope to do is ask and answer one simple
question: "Does the current wording work?" What is the job of the
current wording? To get the reader understanding, then doing, in most

A common thread on annoying words and cliches, and odd ones like
"whilst" is that we are staring at the surface of the word itself,
rather than the meaning it's supposed to convey. The real problem with
typos and spelling mistakes (which although having different causes,
have similar effects)is that you're distracted and no longer focusing
on the content.

In other words, there has been a Distraction.

So Distraction is a bad thing in writing where the reader's goal is to
understand and act.

(Ambition, Uglification, and Derision are of course, the other faults a
writer can insinuate into his or her writing:)

Peter Sturgeon

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