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Why Invent a New Word? We’ve Got A Perfectly Good One

A new word recently added to the Oxford Dictionary is binge-watch, which we know means — thanks to Netflix and other streaming-video services — watching multiple episodes of a TV show, such as “Breaking Bad.”

I don’t have a problem with people doing this — heck, I’ve done it, not just with “Breaking Bad” but “Lost” and “Sherlock” and “Parks and Recreation” and “Mary Tyler Moore” and “Scooby-Doo” and “Laugh-in” and “24” and …

But I digress.

The problem I have is with the term binge-watch. It’s completely unnecessary. We already have a word to describe this behavior: binge, which means “an unrestrained indulgence.”

I can even use binge in a sentence: Last night, my wife and I went on a “Breaking Bad” binge: We watched the entire fifth season.

So, stop it, Oxford Dictionary. Stop adding unnecessary words — especially words that include the word we already have that perfectly describes what we’ re doing.

Until next time! Use the right words!


August 28, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Her Job is to “Window-dress” the “Window Dressing”

With the holiday shopping season comes displays of all kinds: at the home, the department store or the desk, to name three sites.

As your eyes feast on all the decorations and color, take a moment to admire the window dressing, and if possible, be sure to find the person who window-dressed the display.

When I see these words misused, the hyphen (or absence of) causes the problem more times than not. So, to be clear:

Window-dress is a verb and takes the hyphen. Window dressing  or window dress is a noun and takes no hyphen.

I hope you’ll never look at department store displays the same way again; and if you see Rhoda, be sure to tell her so.

Until next time! Use the right words!

December 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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