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.
He wished me on my birthday
On the same wavelength
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.