Friday, October 05, 2007

Words to Be Banished from American Publishing Forever

Robert the Publisher suggests "wit."

I could die happy if I never had to read any of the following in jacket or catalog copy again:

thrilling
riveting
graceful
tightly woven
luminous
lyrical
engrossing
enthralling
chilling
any other -ing adjective, really

Anyone else want to nominate any banishees?

11 comments:

Lisa said...

How about compelling? It's a good word, but I think it's lost a little of it's original luster. :)

wheelmaker said...

"gem" or "jewel-like"

Froog said...

"magical"

Ello said...

fascinating
titillating
scintillating
bewildering
ravishing
castrating
farting

Oh, sorry, what was the question again?

moonrat said...

oh god

oh god

Ello said...

And why are you home on a Friday night in NYC? You should be out singing Karaoke or eating all that great wonderful food I can't get out in conservative land!

x@y said...

Seems to me wine labeling could do with some of the same discipline. I often think - what do they mean?

Bernita said...

"exciting"
"fast-paced"
"romp"

Cakespy said...

I thought this was funny...book jackets can be as predictable as that gravelly-voiced man doing movie previews!

Kristin said...

farcical
whimsical

writtenwyrdd said...

"tightly woven" is so overused now, I would love to see it go. But of words you didn't list, I'd say "gripping" needs to go. "A gripping read" doesn't work and hasn't for a long time.