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I know that many of you regular RubberNun readers adore the English language and hate to see it abused by politicians, marketing types, talentless authors, and other assorted shitheads. My pal Ed, proprietor of the Marion Street Press publishing house, has just the contest for you!

For the latest edition of The Dimwit's Dictionary: 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them, author Robert Hartwell Fiske is collecting more "dimwitticisms" -- those wretched words and empty phrases that make your soul weep. Send him your favorite examples, and you could win wonderful prizes!

The individual submitting the largest number of prime quality dimwitticisms (as judged by Robert Hartwell Fiske) will receive a $250 BookSense gift certificate. First runner-up will receive a $100 gift certificate, and second runner-up will receive a $50 gift certificate. Each individual submitting a dimwitticism will receive an official I Love Dimwits bumper sticker.

If you don't win, buy the book (and its companion, The Dictionary of Concise Writing) anyway. Even if you've been writing for years, you can always learn a better way to craft a sentence. Both of these volumes are simultaneously hilarious and harsh, in that what-doesn't-kill-you-makes-you-stronger kind of way. And they make great gifts for the journalist or student or blogger or NaNoWriMo participant in your life!

Replies: 5 Confessions

Anyone doing early elvismas shopping for me is URGED to consider both this book and the CD-ROM companion. You know who you are.

elavil @ 10/24/2003 03:22 PM CST


Hi! I'd be careful..Alison's isn't the only guestbook I can "hog". j/k =)

I must say you left a great msg in her book. If I respond I prove your point and if I shut up then I can't defend myself. Touche'

You're site looks pretty cool. I don't have the time to fully check it out now but I'll be back when I have more time.

Brian @ 10/25/2003 05:58 AM CST


Um, who's Alison?

amyc @ 10/25/2003 07:45 AM CST


It is important to realize that, as an author, I'm a damn good auto mechanic. Make no mistake - I'd not be considered the crème de la crème when compared to the likes of a Mr.Jimmy-type. Pure and simple, I pretty much stink up the joint, so my losing this contest is a no-brainer.

Jor-El @ 10/26/2003 07:21 AM CST


You never know, Jor-El -- the thing about it is, you might be able to impact the outcome by maximizing your contribution in your area of expertise.

amyc @ 10/26/2003 11:04 AM CST


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