Words We Don't Say by Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen’s Words We Don’t Say

Words We Don't Say by Kurt Andersen

In 1997, when I was first hired at New York magazine, Kurt Andersen, now a best-selling novelist and radio-show host, had just been fired as editor. Everybody was grieving about this, though not me, since I wouldn’t have had a job there otherwise. And though it wasn’t until years later that I even met Kurt, he unwittingly left me a gift: tacked to the bulletin board in the office I took over was a single page titled “Words We Don’t Say.” It contained, as you might surmise, words and phrases that Kurt found annoying and didn’t want used in his magazine. Just yesterday, I rescued it from a bunch of old office stuff that I was throwing out, and I have to say, 14 years later, it’s still a pretty useful list of phony-baloney vocabulary that editors are well-advised to excise from stories.

(via)

1 reply

  1. Pingback: Via Carota, and Some Words We Don’t Use – Tongue in Cheek

Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Anything in between < and > will be treated as HTML.

*