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Richard Burton

Three journalistic tics you can safely drop

Journalism instructors, break the chains of journalese for your charges.

I work with colleagues too far gone in sin to ever repent—some are still reflexively changing over to more than, like to such as. But you have the impressionable young under your guidance before they are schooled in bad habits. You can teach them to write as native speakers of English use the language rather than in a strained and artificial newspaper-speak.

You can start here.

Stop putting the day of the week before the verb. Presumably, constructions like (not such as) “The president Thursday announced …” or...

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