At this juncture…

“With the economy likely to be weak for several quarters, and with some risk of a protracted slowdown, consideration of a fiscal package by Congress at this juncture seems appropriate,” Ben S. Bernanke Federal Reserve Chairman.

I guess if I was speaking to the House Budget Committee, I would use formal speak too. Here Bernanke correctly uses a word that must be on the list of most misused words – juncture. It is defined as, “a point of time ; especially one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances.” I’ve heard people say “junction” instead which means joining rather than having anything to do with time. At least this misuse is not quite as jarring as hearing people say “it’s a mute point.”

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