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A final word from Larry Edwards on common errors: #0. Extra: (A Few of) My Language Pet Peeves: Word Contortion, Distortion & Deformation (Hoping for Reformation)

Polishing Your Prose

From the Editor’s Eye
The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers
(And How to Fix Them)

The eleventh of a ten-part series.

#0. Extra: (A Few of) My Language Pet Peeves: Word Contortion, Distortion &  Deformation (Hoping for Reformation)

Some misused and abused words, terms, and phrases that bug the crap out of me . . .

  • mall — a public area often set with shade trees and designed as a promenade or as a pedestrian walk (not a shopping center).

Example: the National Mall in Washington, DC, and the Independence Mall in Philadelphia. Not a Nordstrom, Macy’s, or Starbucks in sight.

This is a mall:

national_mall

  • strip mall — (not a mall in any sense of the word)

This is a strip moll:

strip_moll

  • podium — a small platform on which a person may stand to be seen by an audience, as when making a speech, or conducting an orchestra, or…

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