Have you ever hear of the word “ubication?” What the heck does it mean?
If you followed The Word Blog regularly, you would know that it is a noun whose definition is: “relation to place; whereness.”
OK, I admit it, you are probably never going to use this word in daily life (well, maybe if you have the right tiles in Word with Friends), but a better vocabulary is something journalists should constantly be striving for and building upon. Knowing just the right word to use makes us better writers because it allows us to use more concise language in our writing. It also allows us to avoid embarrassing gaffes that can result in a writer being eaten alive by those ubiquitous online grammar nazis commenting on stories.
Heather, the author behind The Word Blog, regularly blogs about words and grammar. Her blog consists of several sections, including Vest-Pocket Vocabulary, in which she defines obscure words, and Lexical Vexations, in which she takes on words that sound similar but have different meanings, such as affect vs. effect.
One other area that you should be interested in as journalism students, whose papers get marked up in red pen by an old copy editor, is the section on Proofreaders’ Marks. Did you know there are universal marks used by copy editors and proofreaders? For example, a slash through a capitalized letter means it should be lowercase.
Good journalist ≥ good writer ≥ wordsmith.