The state of the art of writing in the business world is neither stately nor artistic. It’s awful. NBC Nightly News interviewed me some years ago about business writing following a prior interview in The New York Times.
Last week The Times published Helen Sword’s article on zombie nouns, her name for nominalizations. That’s a language purist’s term for perfectly acceptable verbs and adjectives that get twisted into deadly nouns and dragged into sentences that should be put out of their misery. Here’s her article: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/zombie-nouns
Example: She has the tendency to use abstractions that lack clarity.
Rescued: She tends to be unclear.
Some expressions that drive me nuts:
· “Well, at the end of the day….” — What’s wrong with ultimately?
· “impactful” — No such word in the Queen’s English
· “…in this space…” – The French gave us niche and it’s worked for decades
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Roger S. Peterson
West Coast Editor
The Business Book Ghostwriters