GG: What is a phrase you dislike (possibly because it is overused or misused) and why? DT: The neologistic way people refer to themselves “# & myself 8221; if they imply “# & me 8221; hurts my ear a little. I believe like a novelist, or a brief story author especially, you are ever searching for concision. ” cling to those inner rhymes! Listen to the way it begins, like a simile, to state”only”–but it transforms. Look at just how badly we want it in our planet, right today. Grammar Quirks: Daniel Torday on Pronunciation Pet Peeves

Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why?

Daniel Torday: “Justice.” Listen to those internal rhymes! Listen to how it starts, like a simile, to say “just”—but then it shifts. Look at how badly we need more of it in our world, right now.

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GG: What’s a word you dislike (either because it’s overused or misused) and why?

DT: The neologistic way people refer to themselves as “myself” when they mean “me” hurts my ear a bit. I think as a novelist, or a short story writer especially, you’re always looking for concision. To say it tight.

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