What Makes a Memorable Word?

Words are tools of the trade for a writer and editor. How a sentence is constructed, how well the modifiers convey meaning, how an analogy captures the spirit of a character, or explains a complicated concept can make it easy or difficult for the reader to understand the document of interest. Over the years of reading novels and writing both for personal and professional reasons, I have developed a fondness for particular words. Below I highlight a few of the words most memorable to me.
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The Notorious “Not-A-Verb” List

book_sqGetting What You Want from Your Science Writing, Part V
Like all editors, the science editors at Promega each have pet peeves about language usage and writing, and you can often find us engaged in animated discussion about usage of the word “utilize” or “employ.” We maintain the corporate style guide for writing and usage, and we provide many resources for Promega employees who find themselves composing at the keyboard.

One of my favorite writing resources is our “Not-A-Verb” list. Continue reading “The Notorious “Not-A-Verb” List”