Get over OVER. Try today’s editing quick fix

"Over" works for geography. Christian Fischer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“Over” works for geography. Christian Fischer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to my writing and editing education, I have to credit my high school teacher. Mike Chiaverina made a difference every day.

One gem came while isolating wimpy words. “Over” was a major offender. Check out these examples:

She sold over 100 books at her signing.

– OR –

She sold more than 100 books at her signing.

The second sentence is much more descriptive. (Some might call it persuasive.)

“Over” works best for geography.

A co-conspirator of “over” is “plus.” As in “She sold 100-plus” books. I hope no writer would claim, “She sold 100-minus books.”

Leave “plus” to Google.

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