December 18th, 2012

Homer Simpson "D'oh!"

Language Peeve: Juxtaposition

Have you been noticing it? It seems that every author, journalist, pundit and commentator these days is juxtapositing things, as if to show off how they can use a five syllable word (with an X in it!). Two syllables will suffice. The word is CONTRAST. Excellent writing uses an economy of words. Great writing streamlines syllables. Let us remember high school English, when we learned to compare and contrast, and stop trying to sound brainy by wasting syllables on stupid words. Please?

I now await the comments comparing and contrasting "contrast" with "juxtaposit".