Eschew nothing but food, please

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Eschew nothing but food, please

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I just ran across another annoying use of the word “eschew” on Slashdot. On Slashdot, of all places!

OK. Once more, for the record:

Everyone, everywhere, everywhen, should seriously and definitely eschew the usage of the word eschew. It’s silly and annoying and obnoxious, and it sounds all puffed up and nose-in-the-air and hoity-toity. You might as well ask it to pass the grey poupon. It is all things good language is not.

It certainly can’t be a Saxon word. As English schoolboys used to say,

“Latin words perplex the bean;
Saxon words say what they mean.”

Well, a quick check of the Eytmology Online dictionary suggests it is old French. OK, still not Saxon.

And still not usable by self-respecting red-blooded speakers of the English language.


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