I don't care about business jargon or self-help talk, either. And I won't even get into using literal as figurative. I'm talking about something more insidious.
Let me explain before I identify the problem. Two words, in particular, stick in my craw because I hear them all the time: historical and inspirational. These two words have nearly replaced historic and inspiring in popular culture, and pop culture is where we get used to using words. Once we grow accustomed to their use in everyday use, the devolution of the written language begins.
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Is one suffix not enough? Do more syllables make people feel smarter?
I know historical and inspirational are actual words, but epidemical is supposedly a word, too. We never use it because it's an adjective, just like epidemic. So when something becomes widespread