Wreybies Dec 19, 2013
Ha! I think we all have our list of little bêtes noires. :)

Here are a few of mine:
  • When a novel begins with the word The, it's an immediate demerit. The book is now at 99 out of a possible 100.
  • Use of the word ersatz when fake, false, faux or any other normal word fills the bill nicely. What I dislike about this word is that it is almost never accompanied by other words of a similar register. The narrative is very neighborly and approachable and suddenly there's ersatz, sat there, like Queen Victoria in your kitchen.
  • Lastly, though there is no call to cull it completely from one's repertoire, when a writer gets overly fond of the He A'd while he B'd and he C'd construction. Must all actions come in triplets? Are we a world of jugglers?

So, yeah, those are mine. ;)
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