Here are a few e-mails I received in reaction to Ragan.com's reprinted version of my recent post on "The three words to be banned in 2009."
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Agree with your Ragan.com 3-words-to-ban. Suggest you add to the list The One misused/over used word that drives me crazy - “held” !!!!!!!!
“The event will be Tuesday…..”
Will never forget the first 60 seconds of an Intro to PR class I had at Ohio State. My prof and adviser, Walt Seifert, stood at the back of the lecture hall and declared that the first person to use “held” for something other than that which could be contained in one’s hand…would earn an F for the quarter.
He made an impression.Debra S. Bloom, APR
Thanks for the article. I had a grad school prof that also made a big deal about the word “very.” She contended that if you substitute “damn” for every “very,” you’d see that the word is almost never actually called for. Kinda of like “most unique.” Whoever taught jocks to say that should be shot.
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