Words on the floor

mjc-words on the floor tumescent
“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 (Harper Collins, 2015), the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery) (coming May 2 2017), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure (releasing June 15, 2017), as well as 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 (GENRES were made to be BROKEN, 2017). Closet poet. Currently torturing novels four, five, and six simultaneously. Which is not a good idea.

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