Words on the floor

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“Potentiate” should not be a word. Ever. (As a verb, as in, “to potentiate.” From “potential.” “Potentate” is acceptable, although probably pretentious.)

Neither should tumescent. Unless used in conjunction with tumour, purely in an ironic and metaphorical, never medical, context.

(As in: he was a tumescent tumour on the profession, but none of us dared to lance him…)

Actually, scratch that. Just because a word exists does not mean you ought to use it. Ever. Apply this principle to utilize, irrespective, heretofore, therein (unless using ironically), and, in 99 out of 100 occurrences, notwithstanding.

Notwithstanding the above, I may, heretofore, utilize irrespective if there is a purpose therein. But never, ever, tumescent.

Except, right now.

Excuse this act of writerly procrastination. I return to work. You?


About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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