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    Publishing: Tight Shot, my first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Its sequel, Hot Shot, was roundly ignored by everyone, but was a far better book. I'm also a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

    Stage: I was a member of the Groundlings and Circle Repertory West in Los Angeles, and am a playwright (see "Stage" in the right-hand rail).


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January 02, 2008


Lizzy Caston

Geez Kevin, "why do you have to be such a hater?"

I think you missed one, one that you mentioned to me earlier last year as being both particular to Portland and for seriously getting on your nerves. Hint: it's in the above quotes.

In addition, I Lizzy Caston am an 'Awesome' abuser in both word and scribe. I vow to work on that for 2008.

Have an awesome, er I mean, terrific new year.

Kevin Allman

Oh, yeah. "Don't be hatin'."

Related to the same thing: the mixing of the two meanings of "judgmental."

It can mean either "using [good] judgment" or "being insufferably critical" (which I may be doing right now), but being "judgmental" is as serious a modern sin as being a "hater."

As far as "awesome" - "splendid" is due for a revival. Wouldn't you like to lead it? Coming from you, it would sound...well...just splendid.


Adding to the list:
"I'm all about ___"
- and -

I see the word, "snarky," about once a day these days in perusing blogs and even mainstream press, particularly in the Portland area.

Kevin Allman

Those are both great nominations.

"Snarky" feels like a 2002 word, doesn't it? We can call it what it is: "passive-aggressively snotty."


As a complete over-abuser of Awesome, I've come to at least see it. And isn't that really the first step? Recognition? I'll put that on my list. I'd like to invite everyone to stop ending e mails with the word "cheers"--it drives me up a wall. What, are you sitting at your desk working with a beer in your hand? Well, maybe, but it's weird.


I'm in total, cheerful agreement with Lelo. And I didn't realize the beer while typing is considered weird, so due to online social pressure I'm putting that down too. Well, putting it down to type.

Adding to the list once more: Since I am also a confessed Awesome over-user, and have tried out substitutes like, "Rad," "cool," and, "right on," I would like to nominate, "Nice."

As in:
J: Hey guess what? This is so cool - I just lost 50 lbs this week and to celebrate I am having an Awesomely Rad 50lb side of beef.
Devil: NICE. Cheers!

Kyle B.

You don't know what your talking about, Rachael Ray is awesome.

Ranger Bob

When it comes to overused-to-the-point-of-losing-all- meaning, "sustainable" easily eclipses all others in national park circles.

As a personal peeve, "I'm all about ___" tops my list. What exactly is this supposed to mean?

When a twenty-something in my office expressed her preference for saving Xerox paper with the remark, "I'm all about double-sided copies," all I could think was, "And what a boring life you must have, then!"


... and let's not forget "I'm all about"'s cousin, "I'm the type of person who..."
The #1 ban I'd like to see for 2008 is the hyphenate, "mean-spirited." As in, "Your comment was really mean-spirited." When I once called someone on this limp-wristedness, and further asked him to say what he really meant, he replied with a post full of invectives that ended, "Happy, Nancy?"
Why, yes actually.


I love stopping by your blog, it's awesome!

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