NY Times big wig: Don't use the word 'famously' so much…

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For what it’s worth, I think it’s time to ditch the word “famously” (and perhaps jettison the word “famous”, as well.) After all, if the subjective of an article is truly famous, the reader presumably already knows that. And if an incident “famously” occurred, sophisticated readers of the New York Times presumably after already heard about it.

My rule of thumb: If the press release declares that a speaker, singer, athlete or artist is “world-famous”, the world-famous personality is probably somebody I’ve never heard of.

Updated: October 27, 2009 — 1:51 pm


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