Thursday, May 31, 2012

Interro—BANG!

I'm generally a fan of arcane vocabulary and altiloquent writing, as long as it's done for the sheer love of language, for the poetry of it. I'm not one of those who think that creative writing has to be Strunk-and-Whitened to the streamlined standards of an instruction manual.

But there are certain words, unobjectionable in themselves, that are used pretentiously, as buzzwords, as ways of preening. Ferzample, the word "interrogate" in place of "examine" or "question". It adds nothing in the way of clarity; it's just used in a literary theory context to provide a slightly exotic gloss to otherwise banal statements. If I see one more douchebag lit major holding forth on interrogating their privilege, their writing process, or their navel lint, I'm going to reach for my revolver.