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Does anyone find certain annoying words or phrases that appear repeatedly in books you've read? Lately, in almost every story I pick up, the characters are smirking. It's usually the hero doing it, but sometimes the heroine does as well. It's not a pretty expression, and one of disdain, perhaps more suited to a secondary character or a villain. And it's become way overused, reminding me of the "frisson" of excitement writers included in books a decade or more ago.
What are your pet peeve words? Curious minds want to know.
Yes, I'm guilty of using it, too, but I hope not in my writing. If I read one more comment or post that declares something awesome, I'll puke. *LOL* Well, not really, but it is widely used and overused today.
My pet peeve words come from reality TV. Anything with Gordon Ramsey is bound to be stunning or amazing. I know he says a couple of other adjectives but I can't remember them.
I'm with you, Cheryl. I always think of the user as someone who's a generation younger, maybe two. How would these people talk if "awesome" and "like" were removed from their vocabularies?
Laura: "stunning" and "amazing" - I'll have to slice those words from my repertoire. I've been guilty of using them on occasion.
Must admit, I'm guilty of "awesome." I'm going to watch that! LOL Not sure I use it that much in my writing, but it does creep into an email time and again.
No pet peeve words in books come to me at this moment, but it's before 7 a.m. and I've not had coffee yet. I'll think on it....
I devour YA novels at a ridiculous speed and it's hard to find one where the heroine at one point doesn't "release a breathe she didn't realize she was holding." I treat it like Where's Waldo now. I know its there when I open a new YA. I just have to find it! And I will. It's kinda fun.
Uh, I've used that phrase before. I will stop forthwith (mainly because I tire of reading it elsewhere. )
Okay, I just thought of one. I've seen this in probably a half dozen or more erotica stories in the last few weeks. "Heat pooled between her legs." Or, "Moisture pooled between her legs." Lots of pooling between the legs going on out there in erotica land....
Uh, I have used that phrase. Gonna wipe it from my repertoire.
Oh no! I've had many 'pooling' disasters in my writing. There are only so many ways you can describe how the woman feels when she's becoming... ummm .... aroused.
I do love a good flaring nostril once in a while, accompanied by the requisite 'quirking' of the eyebrow - to which I'm guilty.
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