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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mini Tip on Euphemisms and Editing

Here's an editing tip from the next edition of my Sharing with Writers newsletter. Anyone who would like to subscribe need only send me an e-mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and I'll do it for you.

Editing Tip: Euphemisms can be deadly for writing. They evade rather than communicate. They can also desensitize us to concepts we may be better off recognizing full force. On the other hand, they can lighten language, push it out of the humdrum into something more humorous, more colloquial. The trick is to be aware of when you’re using them and how. Love handles, anyone?

I recommend a new book out from Little Brown. Euphemania is by Ralph Keyes.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults. and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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