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

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
By Frank Lockwood

Click here for the story.

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.

No Responses to “NY Times big wig: Don't use the word 'famously' so much…”

  1. Sophia Katt

    Someone who isn’t exactly world-famous, but who would probably enjoy the point you make:

    http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/are-you-nice-or-am-i-famous/

    #4056
  2. Caleb Powers

    That was a funny link; I like Pogue’s blog.

    #4057

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