Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nonwords and Words You Should Never Use, a Daily Feature

Let's get something straight right off—when I say daily, I mean whenever I feel like it.

Okay, with that out of the way, today's nonword is . . . incentivize, and as a bonus, its root nonword, incent. Both are made-up words for people who can't figure out how to use incentive in a sentence, or who can't come up with a different word altogether.

Just a few words of advice—if you can't discern how to use a certain term, the best alternative is almost never "use a word that doesn't really exist in its place."