November 4, 2011

Overused Words From Our Favorite Authors – Slideshow


A few years back, Bob Harris at The New York Times presented the Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing, with “compelling” being one of the Serious Offenders of the Written Word, and Lake Superior State University posted its 2011 list of “banished words” that includes “epic,” “viral,” and “man up.” We agree. Sometimes writers get lazy or tend to get a little too close to a word and end up using it in every other story or review. However, if you’re looking for an underused word, we suggest Alexis Madrigals favorite: “growlery.” Here’s our challenge, scriveners: find a way to use this in a sentence and we’ll give you a gold star.