Those odious words

The Baltimore Sun

The ever-game Steve Kleinedler of the American Heritage Dictionary took on one of those chores that regularly fall to lexicographers: He appeared on Boston's WBUR to talk about words people want deleted from dictionaries

Literally and impacted left my eyebrows level. Yeah, yeah. And some unduly excitable types, you'll see in the comments, got exercised when the executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary, in the unbuttoned atmosphere of conversation uttered "a whole nother." Fetch the Lydia Pinkham's; someone has the fantods. 

From there, the comments spread into the usual catch of peeves you draw in every time you cast a net, including the fatuous objection that some piece of slang or vogue usage that the writer understands perfectly well is "not a word." 

I do not vend Lydia Pinkham or any other patent nostrum, but I have a prescription that will spare your experiencing the fantods. It comes in two parts. 

1. If there are words that you particularly dislike, refrain from using them. 

2. When other people use words that you particularly dislike, nod and form a private judgment.

That, and taking a glass of wine with dinner, should leave you considerably less fretful. 

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