Sunday, June 14, 2009

Some entries seem self-referential: abstruse, recondite, solipsistic

Michiko Kakutani apparently took the note about overusing the word 'limn'; her friend Maureen Dowd can take a similar note on 'louche' (although the link about limning is an interesting defense):
If The New York Times ever strikes you as an abstruse glut of antediluvian perorations, if the newspaper’s profligacy of neologisms and shibboleths ever set off apoplectic paroxysms in you, if it all seems a bit recondite, here’s a reason to be sanguine: The Times has great data on the words that send readers in search of a dictionary.

(The list of most-searched words on Dictionary.com makes me sad as someone who teaches writing.)

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