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), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, 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. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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