@garli and @S. Elizabeth, I'm going to have to remain in disagreement. This is a very common way the criticism of the use of "chemicals" is made, and I've seen it on the Hairpin repeatedly, and it is not itself a very specific, accurate thing to say.
@crocuta I just feel like the criticism "everything is made of chemicals, so you're wrong to imply that chemicals are automatically bad" is usually disingenuous. We know what she means. Chemicals and chemical additives created industrially and put into food or used as its primary constituents. That's like saying, "I don't understand why you are so against drinking ammonia just because it's 'chemicals'. Water is made of chemicals, too!" It's taking a statement as its simplest, most decontextualized form and making fun of it for being too simplistic.
@leonstj I like all words as long as they work and they fit the job, and as long as they are used honestly (i.e., without seeking to make an "impression," which is one of my major irritations in other people's prose writing). English is beautifully deep and flexible, and after a long lifetime of building your working vocabulary, even if speaking and writing only English, you have a huge well of words to draw from. Why call some pretentious? Sometimes a long, latinate word fits the nuance of meaning you want exactly. Nothing feels so good to me (at least, nothing I'm capable of doing countless times per day) as expressing myself verbally in exactly the way I choose to. The best things in life are free, ha.
@Rock and Roll Ken Doll I really hate it. It's so passive and lazy. It's a useless observation. Either tell us what your problem is with the idea or word is, or don't bother bringing it up.
@Clare Same thing for "edited." I realize it's a bit more flexible than "curated," but still, as a professional, I don't really care to hear about how a boutique has "edited" its pants collection.
@279th District Court What's the word for the thing where the question contains its own answer?
@Rock and Roll Ken Doll same.
@RK Fire Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOTC_G6V6nM
First 40 seconds are a two-man scene from the movie.
@iceberg The clementines and vodka on the bed painted such a picture for me.
That was a very good article. Now I know that if I ever run into Daniel Radcliffe, I will smile at him, silently offer him a cigarette, and keep quiet.