These words are tired

Let’s give them a break in 2020:

per: not a word. Strike its cousin “as per” too.

close of business: as if we are characters in a Dickens novel who close shop at a set time and retire to the club for a glass of sherry.

trove: journalists have adopted Victorian English. The most mundane FOIA request now yields a “trove” of documents. Would you believe Neal Sheehan didn’t use the word once in his June 13, 1971 article publishing the Pentagon Papers?

host: more Victorian English, as in “Democratic presidential candidates have put out fresh policy proposals this year on a host of issues”

writ large: if you listen to political podcasts, it won’t be long before a pundit intones something to the effect of “if one considers the Democratic electorate writ large”.

curate: I thought we gave this one back to the museum, but it still gets loose every so often

protein: restaurateurs now fancy themselves dieticians, with offerings such as “three vegetables and a choice of protein”. I don’t find the term “protein” appetizing at all. Just ask me if I would prefer chicken or fish, or use the old “meat and three”.

path: “I don’t think Tom Steyer has a path to the nomination”. All I can think of is candidates moving around on a Candyland game board. Well, maybe it’s a good analogy after all.

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