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1/7/2009 4:40:00 PM
Some Words Should Actually Be Avoided Or Maybe Actually Banned

Dee Bonner

Actually, one of those words is "actually". I actually don't have anything against the word in its spoken form because I realize that certain words and phrases actually circulate throughout the population, that's actually a normal occurrence. However, the word "actually" has migrated into the written language and that's actually grating, especially when it is used by professionals in the news media. Why? Well, because the word is actually meant to express surprise or an opinion, so it doesn't actually belong in news stories. I'll bet if you actually read the newspaper, you would actually see the word "actually" appear dozens of times in news articles.

The following is actually not an article, but it has been rewritten from a news story that actually appeared in the local newspaper and is an example of how the word "actually" can actually be overused in news stories. By the way, the restaurant named in the story actually closed this week.

Restaurant Actually Closes

The Hamilton, the restaurant that actually opened in early December actually closed on Monday after only a few weeks of actually being in operation. The historic Hamilton House building was actually purchased in November then was actually remodeled by the new owner who actually envisioned it as a venue where patrons could actually dine while actually being amused by actual live entertainers. Even though the restaurant was actually doing great, it actually experienced a cash-flow problem. It's also possible that a weak economy actually worsened the problem. There are no plans to actually reopen the facility. In fact, the building is actually available for sale again. The Hamilton House was actually built in 1853 and has actually been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for nearly 30 years. The historic designation does not actually place any restrictions on the owner of the property. Nor is there any requirement that the building actually be used as a restaurant. That means a new owner could actually use the building for something other than a restaurant. For example, if prostitution was actually legal, the building would actually serve as an elegant bordello. Or, euphemistically, as a massage parlor. Actually, euphemisms are understatements, so they don't actually belong in an article like this.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2009
Article comment by: Drumbo

In all actuality, that venture was destined to fail from day one. I don't think people really want someone singing to them while they munch their salad.

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