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Posted By: Steve Shaw
04-Oct-10 - 07:18 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Yeah Joe. "Existential": is it the most pretentious word of all? Or should we vote instead for "paradigm shift?"

"A city destroyed by an earthquake is devastated."

Indeed. But it is certainly not "razed to the ground" (or, even worse, "raised to the ground").