I began this blog on July 14, 2014 -- coming up on four years ago. Due to some adventures in dental work, it's been longer than usual between posts, so I'm going to observe the blog's anniversary a few days early in the name of keeping in touch.
Somebody's likely to hear about my four years of writing about words, languages, and books, and tell me "That's incredible!"
When that happens, I'll tell that person that my work isn't finished yet. If I tell you something and you tell me it's incredible, you're telling me it can't be believed. In effect, you're calling me a liar.
But if you say that what the word "incredible" is taken to mean these days is shifting, I'll still fight you over it. Over-reliance on this word is killing off a lot of wonderful words for what people really mean -- words like marvelous, jaw-dropping (Ugh! Dental work thoughts again!), exquisite and the like.
If you're looking for fresh replacements for poor, misused "incredible," you won't do better than one of my favorite writing books, Arthur Plotnik's "Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives" (Berkeley, Calif., Viva Editions, 2011).
To those who have read and commented over the past four years, I extend my heartfelt thanks for sustaining and bolstering my efforts. Particular thanks to W.G. and A.W. for comments from day one, and to folkloric and B.B. for comments which sparked ideas for more than one post -- each.
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