Looking to spice up your writing?
Avoid “dead words,” such as good, bad, go, make, thing and said.
That’s what a growing army of fed-up teachers are saying (er, howling?), The Wall Street Journal reported this week in a story headlined, “‘Use More Expressive Words!‘ Teachers Bark, Beseech, Implore. To encourage lively writing, instructors put certain words to rest; no more ‘fun.'”
The push to get texting-addicted youngsters to expand their vocabularies is spearheaded by educators who are bleary from grading essays littered with awesome, sweet and rad. The anti-“dead words” movement even suggests lessons for communicators and other wordsmiths, though perhaps not those the educators are pushing.