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Jill Pertler

Something about a new year (or decade) gets me focused on the English language. I’m not sure why. Normal people focus on indoor exercise and weight loss during the winter months. I think about words and the heaviness they can cause when used in a redundant manner. Heavy phrases are like extra weight on this hips – unwanted, unwarranted and unneeded. I don’t want to come across as preachy. I realize the English language is an ominous and arduous beast. Still, when desiring to master something one must focus on the details. Shall we get started? Let’s take the phrase “first ever.” ...

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