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Enamored of a long run for a short slide

In today’s earlier post, a commenter stated:

You sure do like that “long run for a short slide” phrase.

I wondered: Is that true? Do I use that phrase too much? So, like any good blogger, I did a search. And what did I find? I found that, in the entire history of this blog since it’s been on ScienceBlogs (a year and a half now), I’ve only used the phrase a grand total of two timestwo times in less than two days, which may have given the impression that I’m overly enamored of that phrase.) In the history of my old blog, there was not a single use of the phrase.

I therefore conclude that I do not, in fact, use that phrase too much.

Far be it from me, however, to claim that I don’t have a bunch of phrases that I like to use over and over again. It’s just that “long run for a short slide” isn’t one of them. In fact, at an extreme risk of serious damage to my massive ego, I’m going to give you, my readers, a chance right now to tell me what my most overused phrases are. I don’t guarantee that I’ll change my behavior, but certainly self-knowledge is the first step in improving my writing. Yes, I already know that the terms “woo” and “woo-meister” will be right up near the top. And, no, they won’t be going anywhere any time soon. But others might.

I just know I’m going to end up regretting this post, though. I must be crazy to subject myself to this…

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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