Posted by on March 22, 2012

The Bad Word of the Day alerts writers of all stripes to words they shouldn’t use.

Today’s featured word: Leverage.

You see it everywhere. Leverage is, as they say, ubiquitous. It’s everywhere. You can’t swing a bad sentence without hitting one.

There are 92,900,000 results for “leverage” on Google. I’ll bet that 91 million are poor uses of the word. Don’t use it unless you’re explaining how to use a see-saw, you’re trying to dislodge a rock with a lever, or you’re writing the seminal screenplay on 1980s high finance. Even then, try to avoid it.

You’re welcome.

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