September 24, 2018
Flesh Out and Flush OutTOPICS: COPY EDITING, FLESH OUT AND FLUSH OUT, GRAMMAR, WORD CHOICE, WORD USAGE
To flesh out suggests adding flesh to bone, making it more complete. To flush out suggests forcing something out of its hiding place. Here's a more thorough explanation.
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Can you use 'like' to mean 'such as'?Posted by June on September 24, 2018
LABELS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, LIKE AND SUCH AS
I like “like.”
Specifically, I like “like” to mean “such as.” And the reason I like “like” is because so many of the writers I edit have been conditioned to dislike “like.”
It, like, drives me bonkers.
“Along with exciting new menu items such as tilapia tacos and roasted corn guacamole, you’ll find innovative craft cocktails such as mango margaritas, along with new seating options such as patio, bar and dining room.”
Are all those “such ases” really necessary? No. Are any of those “such ases” necessary? Again, I would argue no.
I delve into the origins of this trend, along with some guidance on how to use "like," in my latest column.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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