Sunday, August 25, 2013

Words That Make Me Think You Don't Know What You're Talking About

Words used in (mainly online) criticism that will make me skip the rest of your piece once I encounter them:

  • pretentious
  • elitist
  • hack

Why? Because they are all overused and misused. Because they're shortcuts in place of real arguments. They're supposed to be withering putdowns, but are, ironically, hackneyed phrases used by people who pretend to speak from positions of high authority.