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November 01, 2007


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"Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule."

Stephen King, "Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes", 1988

Sadly, I don't have access to the original article; I found the quote here: http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Stephen_King/

Couldn't this be the Cupertino Effect? (See Ben Zimmer's latest OUP blog essay.) If you type "crinkled" as "cringled," Word's spellchecker offers "cringed" as the first correction. Whether "crinkled leather" is a plausible description for these boots I leave to the shoe experts.

Jan: Good hypothesis! But in fact the leather is smooth -- shrink wrapped, you might say. I'll bet someone on the writing staff thought "cringe" was an edgier substitute for "shrink."

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