Monday, December 08, 2008

Writers, please stop using:

quotidian

oneiric

cleaves (I used this once, but then I got help.)

limn

6 comments:

Mike said...

People still use "limn"?

I have fond memories of a writer for _Spy_ magazine's "Review of Reviwers" column who used to have great fun taking overwritten phrases and then doing word-for-word synonym translations on them.

So when a writer of a sunset that it "limns in a shiver of hypnotic crimson" he converted it to "outlines in a shake of trance-inducing orange".

Tim said...

"limn" is popular with certain US book/arts-bloggers. They must pick it up at college.

naomi said...

I am so pleased to hear that you also think quotidian is a bad word. My insistence that my partner should desist from using it and instead content himself with 'daily' precipitated a conflict that eventually culminated in separation. I mean, there were one or two other factors involved, but I so hear you on that one.

TimT said...

You don't want to be out on a limn when the cleaves start falling, I guess...

'Oneiric'? Had no idea that one was a word. Sounds like the name of a Scandinavian king.

TimT said...

I don't use any of these words, but I am shamefully profligate in my use of the following words:

spanking
spiffing
smashing
grand
splendid
jolly
what ho
right ho
ripping

Beth said...

Can I add to your list:

visceral

flocculent

gelid