Stricken From The Record
The following is a list of words that Miss Mussel wishes would just disappear into the ether. These pesky bits of vocab have been soiling arts pages for years now and it’s just getting embarassing. To be fair, they often most often in marketing materials than they do in newspapers…but still.
Miss Mussel has made a pact with herself to strike these words from her vocabulary on a permanent basis. Why? Because they are so overused they are devoid of meaning and, if you read carefully, they are very often redundant.
- diva/divo/all plays on words using this root
- world-class (unless the item being described legitimately qualifies)
- world-renowned (see above)
- the next [insert name of artist or composer]
The list will be updated as more irritating turns of phrase are spotted.
What’s on your list? If you’ve not got your own online soapbox, please feel free to use the comments. Diatribes welcome.