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NO, NO, NO!!!

Sometimes I get so angry. Why do people misspeak? Why do they use the wrong words? If they’d only hire me, I could fix their problems (and get paid regularly, which would make me happy).

Her financial advisor literally screwed her and took most of her money — NO, NO, NO!!! Her financial advisor figuratively screwed her and took most of her money. If it was literal, it would mean something different altogether.

Official unlicensed bootleg merchandise — NO, NO, NO!!! Merchandise can’t be official and unlicensed. Plus, unlicensed and bootleg could be synonymous.

One cockroach is a hundred too many — NO, NO, NO!!! One cockroach is one too many. A hundred cockroaches are a hundred too many. And so on.

Thank you for all the informative information — NO, NO, NO!!! That’s redundant.

Until next time! Use the right words!


June 29, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Fool and His Hearty …

I have been editing a magazine in which the bad writing drives me nuts. The writers don’t try and get better, they make the same mistakes, the editor/publisher doesn’t send my criticisms on to the writers, no one knows how to use an ampersand, no one checks basic facts, and no on seems to understand proper capitalization.

There are, however, a few pieces each month that are well written. One such example is a financial advisor (he prefers the term wealth manager). He’s very coherent and intelligent, but sometimes I wonder if he isn’t writing over everybody’s heads, or if he knows this.

Anyway, he wrote about how investors’ emotions, such as regret, get in the way of making smart choices.

Fear of regret inspires investors to make fool hearty investment decisions that conform with a preconceived personal ‘smart’ self-image or maybe drive a desire to live up to their friends’ expectations, and then with peer pressure, remain detached with ‘paper losses’ allowing the investments to disintegrate.

I wonder which version of the hearty fool he refers? Is it a fool who 1) gives unqualified support for his investments, 2) who exhibits vigorously good health in his investments, 3) who has abundant investments, or 4) who has nourishing investments? Or does he mean foolishly hearty investments?

The correct word, of course, is foolhardy, meaning “foolishly adventurous or bold.”

Incidentally, I’m quitting this magazine after this issue. I’m no fool.

Until next time! Use the right words!

October 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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