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Copy Edit du Jour

I changed:

"As of now, the program is slated to continue till Dec. 1"

to:

"The program is slated to continue till Dec. 1."

"As of now" crops up in my own speech and writing. But I never realized today how detestable it is, at least in journalistic writing. (It's like I'm having some kind of hate epiphany.) In journalism, where economy of words is a virtue, "as of now" is ridiculously obvious and adds nothing but a speed bump.

Hope I can learn from this one ...

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As of now, I'm going to stop

As of now, I'm going to stop using that phrase.

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