Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Abominable Buzzwords

For the sake of your readers and for the sake of the English language, eliminate these words from your writing:

Incentivize: This is not a word. Period.

Interface: This word might have a place in an engineering document. Sadly, it's typically used inappropriately as a verb in business writing.

Liaise: Not a word.

Officing: Office is a noun. Officing is not a word. See also tasking.

Actualize: An abomination of the already abominable word actually.

Use these words at your peril. They are verbal litter, and they signal to readers that a writer has a limited vocabulary and limited intelligence.

What are your favorite abominable buzzwords?