Mighty Red Pen

January 6, 2010

The people in our neighborhood

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 8:51 pm
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Hot on the heels of the Lake Superior State University list of words that should be banished from the English language comes Jan Freeman with her own take. She wants to off an entire category of words: those pukifyingly hyperbolic statements such as:

“I’d rather drill my eyeball with a power tool.” “Stick my hand in a meat grinder.” “Pull out my fingernails with pliers.”

MRP chimes in with a hearty “Amen to that!” on banning “I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.” I also heartily agree with a commenter who wants to banish “fashionista” but would take it one step further and suggest that this year’s “-ista” is last year’s “-licious.” Buh-bye.

Read the rest of “Stop Saying That!” and while you’re at it, check out Freeman’s new blog, Throw Grammar from the Train.

You might also check out a couple of other word nerd blogs that have come up on MRP’s radar recently: A Walk in the Words (“a linguistic tour”), Ety Sketch (“illustrated etymologies”–very cool), The Word Blog (“new vocabulary, entries on usage and rules, book recommendations, and more”), and two recommended  by Wishydig (who has his own take on the LSSU list that had me chuckling), Daily Portmanteau (what it sounds like) and My First Dictionary (let’s just say this is not your childhood Dick & Jane).



  1. Thank you for the mention. I always enjoy reading your posts and am honored that I made it onto your radar.

    P.S. Sting is incredible – incredibly talented and incredibly hot. Trudy is one lucky woman.

    Comment by Laura Payne — January 8, 2010 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  2. I’m delighted to be keeping company with such esteemed word nerds – thanks for the mention, MRP. I’ve added you to my blogroll and will certainly be coming back often to read more of your fun posts.

    Comment by Heather — January 8, 2010 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

  3. The LA Times had a go at -ista too. Maybe it caught on too quickly for its own good. One of the stranger word-related stories I heard last year was that someone actually trademarked “frugalista”.

    Comment by Stan — January 11, 2010 @ 7:54 am | Reply

  4. I’m very much honored and delighted to be a part of your blog. Thank you for the mention!


    Comment by Keith — January 30, 2010 @ 7:10 am | Reply

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