Category Archives: Words @ Work

The Word Cop returns – “No problem”

As The Word Cop, I can’t resist commenting on the current vernacular, those expressions that creep into our speech and become established with use. There are many that overstay their welcome, in my humble opinion. Today’s post is a case … Continue reading

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The Word Cop – “Incentivize” my day

Some words make their way into the English language that absolutely should not. One of these is the unfortunate product of a crime, namely verbicide. The perpetrators took the noun “incentive” and twisted it into an awkward verb – “incentivize.” … Continue reading

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The Word Cop explains: “Your” versus “You’re”

I just received an email newsletter from a local business (who shall remain nameless, but not blameless) with this statement: “SMILE your on CAMERA!” I groaned and decided it was time for a blog entry. This was one time too … Continue reading

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The Word Cop loves words!

I get the biggest kick out of hearing new words, at least words that are new to me. The best part of Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News is his word of the day, always tied to sending him email. … Continue reading

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The Word Cop Returns! What’s a “relator”?

Okay. Spelling is one thing. Grammar, punctuation, language usage – all of these are important facets of effective and sometimes eloquent communication. When the words move from page to lips, there is one more VERY important component – pronunciation. And … Continue reading

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What our language says about us and our world

English is our primary language in the United States. (Some among us wish it were our official language, but we’ll save that for another post.) It is a magnificent language, rich in its variety and vital in its continual expansion. … Continue reading

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The Word Cop – Less isn’t more. It’s fewer!

Greetings, gentle readers! The Word Cop was enjoying a peaceful lunch break just now, listening to the news and attempting to ignore the commercials. In spite of my best efforts, one commercial intruded on my reveries and the fighting Word … Continue reading

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The world still needs a Word Cop

As we move into a New Year, I keep hoping I can lay down the mantel of The Word Cop. Then I see a title such as this one: “How to Standout in a Shrinking Economy – Publish or Perish!” … Continue reading

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The Word Cop fights crime…Verbicide!

People tend to be political animals.  I confess to being something of a political and news junkie, especially during an election year.  However, I am reaching the saturation point this time, and I suspect I am not alone.  Too many … Continue reading

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The Word Cop and Political Slogans

I love the English language, its richness and variety, and its vitality.  Although I generally decry many of the recent abuses and misuses of popular vernacular, it is still fascinating to watch the language grow in such creative ways.  (Granted, … Continue reading

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