This isn’t the first time Stephen King has banned a particular word or phrase.
Anyone who’s read his excellent book On Writing will know he has more than a few pet peeves, and in recent years he’s taken to expressing these on Twitter.
Here’s an example from last year:
Aspiring fiction writer? Cool! Here are 2 phrases you must NEVER use: “for a long moment” and “for some reason.” Find another way!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 22, 2017
Anyway, flash forward to Sunday night and he’s clearly discovered a new one. Writers, take note.
Note to writers: “Amazing” is very tired. “Amazing” needs a long vacation. Therefore, please don’t write about your amazing party, your amazing girlfriend’s amazing dress, or your amazing vacation. Something more pungent & specific, please.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 29, 2018
Luckily, plenty of people have since been on hand to offer alternatives.
* Brought to you by the committee to bring back “groovy”.
— Vote November 6th (@_TheWife) October 29, 2018
This one has to be the winner, though.
My four-year-old granddaughter used “spectacuous!” the other day. I thought it fit the situation quite nicely.
— Chet Powell (@ChetPowell) October 29, 2018