Words YOU love to hate

Last week, I put up a (brief) list of words I love to hate, and invited you to send in yours. The response has been very enthusiastic, thank you very much. Not a man to go back on my word, I am putting up the list of words/phrases you said made you wince/cringe.
Revert back




Mortality audit

Huge funds

Reply back

He wished me on my birthday

On the same wavelength


Clean chit

Since long


Enclosed herewith

Comprising of




What’s up / Wassup / Wazzzaaa

Out of the box

I am good (in response to ‘How are you?’)

Walk the talk





Dear All (as a salutation in a letter or email)

Best (as a signoff in a letter or email)



So. Shall we keep adding to this list? Over to you.

This year’s Man Booker Prize…

The longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize is out. Have you seen it? In case you haven’t here, it is.

The Children’s Book by A S Byatt

Summertime by J M Coetzee

The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds

How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall

The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey

Me Cheeta by James Lever

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Not Untrue & Not Unkind by Ed O’Loughlin

Heliopolis by James Scudamore

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Love and Summer by William Trevor

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

It’s a safe, solid and good longlist, I think. With Coetzee, Trevor, Byatt, Mantel and Toibin as well as a few left-field choices on it, it looks like a pretty strong one. Admirers of writing from this part of the world (that is to say, India and Pakistan) will be disappointed to see that neither Amit Chaudhuri’s The Immortals nor Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows is in the reckoning.

More later. For now, here is the prize’s official website. It’s got lots of interesting stuff. And sign up for alerts if you want to stay ahead of the newspapers and TV.

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