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The most annoying writing convention in the world is, well, well.

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Rusty Shackleford, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    I just want to go on record as saying how much I hate that interjection. I always trip over it when reading, like it shouldn't be there, then I get annoyed and scroll up to see who wrote whatever I'm reading so that I can mutter to myself "Story author Joe Blow is, well, a lazy, uncreative, terrible writer." Please join my crusade against well. Thank you. </rant>
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I'd like to join your crusade but, well, I've used it before.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    My guess would have been this:


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  4. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Needless to say,
    that goes without saying.

    But I digress.
  5. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    I've used that convention myself, and I suppose it has been overused as a means of conveying a conversational style. Still, it doesn't irk me as much as the lazy headline trope that you see on the likes of Deadspin all the time, where they ask a rhetorical question about something ostensibly amazing and then follow it with the simple declarative, e.g., "A-Rod kissing himself in the mirror? A-Rod kissing himself in the mirror."
  6. Bruce Leroy

    Bruce Leroy Active Member

    Well, I don't mind it as much as the ever-increasing usage of "also, too." I swear I see that all the time now. Or the sentence that starts with "Also" and ends with "as well." They're the same damn thing. Use one or the other.
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    For my part, I'm fine with it.
  8. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I must admit I've gone to the well one time too many.
  9. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    They call it a "conference" but it's pretty much just a convention.

  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Also, they're the exact same thing, too.
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    At the end of the day, they're all pretty bad.
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    One of America's finest writers.

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