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Reflections

Eager reader of history, mystery, classics, biographies, steampunk, lit fic, science, scifi, and etc. My reviews are mostly positive--I rarely finish or write about books I don't enjoy. My TBR is too high for that.

Unusable words

A New Yorker blog about perfectly good words whose meanings are too contradictory or confusing for writers to use--

 

Like "puissant" that sounds wussy but means "powerful" (try  “puissant quarterback”  on for size) 

 

And  “pulchritude”  that sounds ugly but means "beautiful"

 

And the auto-antonyms that are their own opposites, such as “unfathomable” (deep or shallow).  "cleave” (unify or sever), “overlook” (oversee or fail to notice),  and “enjoin” (encourage or prohibit).

 

 

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Unusable Words

 

And then there are the words that writers use too much:

Pet Words

Source: http://jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/624848/unusable-words