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Catching a buzz

While the term “buzzword” often refers to catchy or industry-relevant phrases, I am here referring to the phrases and words that become detached from their meaning and lose their impact.
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i’m yeLLING

One of the more common critiques of the rise of technology and social media is that it stunts human connection. “Put down your phone and have a real conversation with someone.”
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Dictionary deity

As a copy editor of this publication, the bona fide final bastion against hasty mistakes, I take my job seriously as a prophet of George and Charles Merriam, wielding my holy book.
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Changing track

What follows is a telling (no, retelling) / Of error forced by ego (built by spelling, / Grammar, diction, and nice punctuation) / Of premature relief and exaltation / Of man — of boy — of child — of wond’rous pain / An Intern who made edits all in vain.
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Getting to know my other half

Recently, my solution has been to write with a split mindset. The first is sporadic, energetic and only cares about spilling anything onto the page, proper grammar or not. The second tries to understand the first, refine its work, and yes, consult a stylebook.
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