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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).





Unusable Words


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

Pet Words

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