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)

24/7
about exactly
actionable
actually (3 votes)
addicting when addictive is correct
addictive (in food/restaurant writing).
additionally
advisement
after all
agency
aggregate
aha moment
all about
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)
a lot
amazing (3 votes)
ankled (2 votes)
anxious to mean eager. If you have anxiety you are not eager.
anything-”gate”
anything-based (goals-based, peach-based) or beginning with “on a — to — basis”
anything-centric
anything-wise
appropriate
architect as a verb (same ilk as “author”, etc).
arguably (3 votes)
artisanal (2 votes)
ask as a verb, meaning “assign.”
assumed
as well instead of “too” or “also”
at the end of the day (7 votes)
awesome (4 votes)
baby boomer or “boomer”
baby mama
backchannel me – (versus “reply to me” or “get back to me”)
bad guys
bake off (for “bake”)
bandwidth
bandwidth (as in, “I don’t have the bandwidth to take on that project”
based out of (for “based in”)
basically
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?
bemused
benchmark
best in class
best practice
be that as it may
bff
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

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