Words You Don’t Say
when you work at New York Magazine. There are more than 450 of them. Below is just a smattering. (full list)
actually (3 votes)
addicting when addictive is correct
addictive (in food/restaurant writing).
all of the mistakes with Latin-based plurals – “the first criteria is” “the data was” “he was an alumni of”
all things being equal. (they never are)
amazing (3 votes)
ankled (2 votes)
anxious to mean eager. If you have anxiety you are not eager.
anything-based (goals-based, peach-based) or beginning with “on a — to — basis”
architect as a verb (same ilk as “author”, etc).
arguably (3 votes)
artisanal (2 votes)
ask as a verb, meaning “assign.”
as well instead of “too” or “also”
at the end of the day (7 votes)
awesome (4 votes)
baby boomer or “boomer”
backchannel me – (versus “reply to me” or “get back to me”)
bake off (for “bake”)
bandwidth (as in, “I don’t have the bandwidth to take on that project”
based out of (for “based in”)
bear as in “he was a bear of a man”
begs the question when you mean “raises the question”
behaviors – when did that become a plural?
best in class
be that as it may
big __________ (e.g., big tobacco, big oil, big government)
big dig (when referring to three city blocks under construction, NOT the Boston project)
birth as a verb