My War Against "ize" Words
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Do some words just grate on your nerves? Over too many years in and out of government and the military, I've developed a real allergy to words ending in "ize." Imagine my shock when one of the greatest scribes - my friend Michael Barone of US News & World Report -- titled his latest, "Prioritizing Our Problems." http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=20588
I sent this e-mail to him this morning:
Ack. I'm at war with words ending in "ize," and through painful years of government experience I found "prioritizing" is one that positively grates on my nerves. Obviously, some -- maximize, minimize, characterize, finalize and maybe a couple of others - are necessary. The rest should be verboten.
Will you join me in my war against "ize" words?
Here's his response:
"I will try to incentivize myself to minimize the number of avoidabilizable words.
"My campaign, in my Almanac book, is to avoid using the word "reform" to describe any laws, including those I favor. So campaign finance reform is campaign finance regulation and tort reform is tort law limitations. The patient's bill of rights becomes HMO regulation."
Methinks Michael has won this round.