Maybe someone needs to limn a thesaurus for Kakutani

I know she has a penchant for using the word ‘limn’, but she’s used it in her last 2 reviews, for Saturday and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
And have you noticed the plethora of reviews of Saturday? I shouldn’t be surprised I suppose. But check here for a list of links to reviews.

4 thoughts on “Maybe someone needs to limn a thesaurus for Kakutani

  1. birnbaum

    Edward is of course on the money. I think New York magazine also weighed in on this Kakatuni lexicographical tic.

    Over using a word should be MK’s worst sin— for instance, I myself have a fondness of a certain word that Ed loses no opportunity to remind me and anyone within shouting distance.

    Hey, nobody’s perfect.


  2. bookdwarf

    I feel bitchy for even mentioning it. You are right, Robert (do you have a nickname? Robert seems formal. But feel free to tell me to shut up), when you say that using the word limn should be her worst mistake. It’s a great SAT word after all. I suppose I find it an odd choice to use over and over and over again.
    I am ashamed to say on the other hand that I can’t remember what word Ed berates you for overusing. I read all of your interviews, but don’t recall one word used more than others. Care to enlighten us?


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