Andy Devine
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Words You Shouldn't Use in Fiction, a Selection

A

Abashed, aberrant, abridge, Abigail, abrupt, absolutely, abyss, accommodated, accountable, accrue, accustomed, acknowledge, acquitted, acrimonious, additionally, administered, admittedly, advent, advertised, advertisement, affordable, agony, agreeable, alack, alas, alerted, Alice, alley cat, alternatively, although, altogether, ambassador, Ambassador, ambiguity, amidst, amnesiac, amorous, ample, antidotes, apologized, apology, apparent, appeared, applied, application, appointed, apprehended, approximately, April, ardent, argued, ark, Arnold, aroma, arousal, aroused, arrested, arresting, arsenal, articulated, artistic, ascended, aspects, assigned, associate, assumed, astonishing, atomizer, atrocious, attested, augment, austere, averted, awaited, awestruck.

B

Bacteria, baffled, baguette, bah, bailiff, ballerina, bandy-legged, barmaid, basically, bassoon, believability, Ben, Benjamin, bequeath, bereft, bondage, bosom, boss, bottleneck, brain child, breakable, briefly, brightly, broadsword, brusquely, burden, busily, byword.

C

Cadre, capital, capitol, captors, caress, caretaker, carol, Carol, casually, catalyst, catchword, cat-house, cemented, certainty, chafe, chagrined, challenging, chamber, chap, charade, Charley, Charlie, chaste, chastised, civic, civil, claimed, clammy, clangs, clarity, cloakroom, clobbered, coincidence, coincidentally, collaborated, collate, comforted, commiserate, companion, compassion, component, compromise, con, concubine, condemnation, condolences, confetti, confidant, congealed, congress, consequence, conservative, consisted, consumed, contraceptive, contradicted, constrained, convention, conversation piece, convincingly, copiously, copulation, corrupted, countless, coupled, crafty, credential, crude, cull, currency, cymbal.

D

Dame, dawn, Dawn, daydream, daylight, deadhead, dean, Dean, decadent, deciphered, decree, deduced, Deep South, deeply, definitively, deflower, deity, deliberately, delicacy, delight, delude, deluge, demand, demise, Democrat, demonstrated, dentist, density, deployment, deprivation, derivative, designated, desired, destined, destiny, detained, devised, devoted, devotee, dick, Dick, differently, disagreeable, disaster, discomfort, discouraged, discretely, disgorged, disguise, disgust, dismantled, disoriented, dispel, dispensed, disrobed, dissipated, distinctive, distraught, diversity, documented, domain, dominion, don, Don, doted, dowager, drastic, dream, dreamed, dreamy, dream-like, drowsily, duplicate, duration, duress.

E

East, easily, economize, edgy, edible, efficient, egomaniac, elaborate, elan, elicit, elusive, e-mail, embraced, emerged, eminent, employ, enable, endearment, endeavors, endorsed, endowed, enema, enemies, engaged, engorged, enigmatic, enlists, entail, entity, entrails, environment, erotic, erratically, espoused, Esther, estranged, Evan, Evian, evocative, exacerbated, exaggerated, exception, excessive, excised, excitable, excitement, execution, exhaustion, expatriate, expeditiously, explicit, exploit, expressed, extraneous.

F

Fabrication, facelift, face-off, fade-out, fallacy, fancy, fart, farted, fascinated, fast-talk, feasible, fellow traveler, ferocity, ferreted, fertile, fetching, fettuccine, fibrous, fickle, financed, flagrant, flashback, flaunt, fleeting, fleshpot, flinched, flippant, floozy, flop, focus, folly, foraged, forefront, forever, formalized, fortunate, Frank, frankly, frantic, frequently, full-scale.

G

Gabardine, gaily, gangly, gendered, general, General, generally, generic, genitals, glanced, glimpsed, gloomy, goaded, goat cheese, gracefully, grasped, gratified, grievous, groomsman, gruesome, gruff, gullible, Gus.

H

Hag, Hank, haphazard, harbored, hath, havoc, head cheese, heartbreak, heaved, heinous, hell, hello, herbal, hereby, heretofore, heroic, hi, highly, hip, hippie, honed, honorable, horrify, howls, humility, humor.

I

Icky, idiom, illuminated, imagined, imbecile, immediately, immobilized, impeccable, impending, imperfect, impervious, implication, important, imprisoned, improbable, inaccurate, incapable, inclined, incredible, indefinable, indicated, indiscriminately, indispensable, individual, inescapable, inevitable, Inez, inferred, influenced, infringed, inhabit, inner-life, innumerable, inquired, inserted, instinctual, insufferable, integrity, intelligibly, intensely, intercourse, interesting, intermittent, internet, intimately, intimidated, intricacy, intrigued, invest, irrevocable, irrevocably, Ivan.

J

Jackbooted, jargon, jealous, jeopardy, jiffy, jim-dandy, jitterbug, jovial, jubilee, Julie, June, junior, jury, justice.

K

Karate, Kathy, keenly, Kenny, kerchief, kibosh, kin, kindhearted, kindred, king, King, kitty-corner, knee-jerk, knight, know-how.

L

Labia, labored, lair, largely, leader, Lee, legend, leprechaun, levelheaded, liberal, liftoff, Linda, literally, locution, lord, Lord, lordy, love, lover, lubricated, lunar, lusciously.

M

Magical, maiden, manageable, manipulate, man-to-man, mannerisms, masseuse, massive, master, mature, mediocre, meditate, mercurial, methodical, Michael, midst, Midwest, mild, militia, mingled, minimized, miraculously, mirth, misunderstanding, modern, moist, moment, moon, moonbeams, moonlit, moot, morbidly, mortify, mount, mucous, mythical.

N

Nag, Nancy, narcissistic, naturally, neglect, negligee, negligence, nerd, nervous, neutralized, nicety, nonchalant, norm, North, nothingness, nuzzled.

O

Oblique, obsolete, obviously, occasionally, occluded, offender, officially, Ollie, once-over, operative, opportunity, optimized, opus, orchestrated, orgasm, orifices, ostensible, outsmarting, overreacted, overthrow.

P

Pageant, Pam, Pamela, panache, pantomime, paradigm, passion, passive, pending, penis, pentacle, perfectly, persisted, perspired, peter, Peter, photo finish, physician, pickle, pilloried, pinprick, pioneering, platform, pliable, plunged, plural, politely, popular, post-coital, potential, power broker, prefer, preliminary, premonition, presence, presently, presumed, presupposes, pretense, prevailing, prevalent, prick, priest, primarily, probed, prodigy, profitably, prophetic, prolonged, promised, prone, properly, province, prowess, proximity, purebred, pursued.

Q

Quaff, qualify, quantum, quarrel, quaver, queen, Queen, query, quickly, quill, quim, quince, quip, quite, quiver, quota, quoth.

R

Radical, rapidly, ravaged, ravenous, realization, rebel, receptacle, recitation, reckon, recommended, rectify, refurbished, regicide, regularity, regulated, rejuvenated, relationship, relatively, reliable, reluctant, remarkable, rendered, rendition, renounced, repellent, repertoire, Republican, repulsive, requested, resembled, resided, resident, resonated, respect, resulted, resulting, retained, retirement, retracted, retreated, reverence, revolved, Rick, ringlet, rose, rose-colored, rumbling, Russell, rutabaga.

S

Sable, sacred, sacrifice, saint, salient, sash, Sasha, sashay, savaged, scanned, scenario, scholars, scorch, scream, scrutiny, seize, seldom, self-deprecation, self-expression, several, sex, sexless, shimmering, shivering, shortcoming, sickening, siege, simply, simultaneous, simultaneously, slaphappy, slick, slippery, slog, snippy, snit, snitch, snitty, sociology, Sonia, sorely, sorrow, South, Southwest, specialist, speculated, splendidly, spontaneous, spoof, sprung, stability, stampede, strategy, statistically, status, stifled, stillness, strain, strenuous, stroked, submitted, subsequent, succumb, suddenly, sufficiently, suggestive, suicidal, sultan, summoned, sunbeam, superficial, supplicated, supported, supremacy, surely, surprised, surrogate, survived, suspense, suspicious, symbol, sympathy, synthesis, systematic.

T

Tangible, Ted, teetered, temptation, tempting, tendency, terminally, thee, therapy, thereby, thereafter, thereby, therefore, therein, thou, thunderous, thus, thusly, Tom, torrid, tranquilizers, transfigured, transcription, traversed, travesty.

U

Ubiquitous, unaccustomed, unassuming, unavoidable, unbearably, unconditional, unconscious, unconsciously, underlies, unerringly, unexpected, unforeseen, unheeded, unknowingly, undertaking, underutilized, unfulfilled, unicorn, unintentionally, unique, unlimited, unremarked, upon, uppity, utilize, utterance, uvula.

V

Vagaries, vagina, validated, vandalize, varied, verdict, verified, very, vital, void, volatile, vouchsafe, vulgar.

W

Wacky, wail, walrus, Walter, warrant, wavered, wayfarer, West, whereas, whimpered, whom, widely, will power, wincing, withstand, withstood, wordiness, wordy, worst-case, worthy, wrest, wrung.

X

X-country, x-mas, xylophone.

Y

Yacht, yep, yon, yond, yoo-hoo, yummy, yup.

Z

Zack, zap, zippy, zombie, zounds.


(This story previously appeared in taint.)

 

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