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Trash vernacular clutters news columns

2014-03-31T00:00:00Z 2014-03-31T09:39:05Z Trash vernacular clutters news columns The Billings Gazette
March 31, 2014 12:00 am

It was disappointing to me to read the editor's note preceding the nice panegyric about Rudy Audio in the March 24 Gazette. The editor's note read, "This story is part of an ongoing ... " Ongoing? What happened to the word continuing? And how can The Billings Gazette use the word "shout out" instead of kudos in a headline for a Laurel athlete and also promote the use of its newspaper in school classrooms?

You may say these words are now in common usage, and I say I don't want "common" in my reading. I want eloquence, and so should the editor. Today journalism is cluttered with trash vernacular that casts a pall over sentence clarity.

Here are my favorites from the cesspool of current expression: This point in time, instead of now. Take away, instead of conclusion. Early on, instead of early. Push back, instead of reject. Input, instead of suggestion, and pay it forward, instead of donate. Granted, language changes over time, but none of these expressions contribute to our understanding of conventional communication.

Let us stop the scoundrels who are redacting our lexicon. We need to titivate our vocabulary, starting with me.

Maggi Buttrell

Big Timber

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