Thursday, July 14, 2011

The List

image from A Cup of Jo

According to Joanna Goddard, author of the amazing blog A Cup of Jo, when Kurt Anderson became the editor of New York Magazine, he posted a list of forbidden words.  Recently our friend Abby Pratt, author of the awesome blog Little Stories, posted a list of words that she disliked.  All this talk about condemned words made me start to wonder; are there any words I tend to avoid when writing?  Yes.

tragedy (mostly because it's overused and in the wrong context)
passion (also because it tends to be overused)
babe (in both referencing to a baby and to a significant other)
EVOO (this isn't a word; it's an anacronym)
baby bump

Are there any words that make you cringe whenever somebody uses them?  I'd love to know!

Love, Alli

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