Please Stop Saying That Word
Dec 07, 2010
Years ago, when he was an intern here, Christopher Arigo (author of Lit interim and In the archives) came up with a list of his most disliked words used in poems. We don’t have that list anymore, but I clearly remember two words from it: gossamer and diaphanous. It’s no longer possible for me to see these words and take them seriously. Fortunately, I don’t see them that often. Apparently, though, making lists of disliked words is not an altogether uncommon thing to do. I like this list. And this is a fun one related to food writing. But it’s missing my number one most disliked word: eatery. Please stop using it.