What’s the Word?
This isn’t really TMI, but – well, on second thought, it could qualify. By all means, let’s strive to make it qualify.
When I was at RWA in Dallas, I attended a panel discussion on “Hot Historicals.” One of the panelists was the delightful Janet Mullany, whose recent release The Rules of Gentility is getting rave reviews. At the end of her highly diverting presentation, Ms. Mullany declared war on the phrase “pebbled nub” – or “nubs” of any variety, for that matter. She’s on a personal crusade, she says, to strike that cliched euphemism from romance novel vocabulary.
I got to thinking about this while reading the entries on Maggie’s highly diverting contest this week, and wondering…
If you could strike one word from the Love-Scene Lexicon, which would it be? Which noun or verb or adjective could you happily read a lifetime without encountering again?
For example, I remember reading a comment on some blog somewhere, where the commenter avowed a passionate distaste for the word “splayed.” (Erm, I kinda like that one myself, but oh well.)
My word, you ask?
No explanation necessary or desired, I’m sure. Just makes me cringe every time.