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- March 5, 2009 by gshellen
- Let's leverage the s**t out of some synergies
As a professional word-type person, I have a fondness for clear, simple language, and a distaste for linguistic bullshit. I recently read an essay by George Orwell on "Politics and the English Language" where he offers five excellent writing tips, one of which is "Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent." So many people use lame terms popularized in the business or academic worlds that have perfectly good plain-English equivalents. If you're one of them, please cut it out. And don't let me catch you using any of these.
As pointed out by the wise and insightful Matthew Levine, users of this word probably just mean "use" or "take advantage of." No need to get fancy.
This just means "similarity" or "place where our work lines up" or "I'm insecure so I use big words."
There are times when it is appropriate to use this word, but in the last few years I've noticed people using it when they really just mean "strange" or sometimes even "coincidental."
ask (as a noun)
This one kills me. There's already a word for "request." It's "request." Use it.
When people say that something is the "best in its space" or the "first in this space" or whatever, I want to escort them to a ship and send them to "space."