Amanda Cockrell

Selected Works

Young Adult Novel
Saints and soldiers and the Untied Church of Dog
The Hollywood blacklist and a delayed funeral
Historical novel of a Roman legion in Britain
The Horse Catchers trilogy
Mythological novel of the coming of the horse to the American Southwest
Volume 2 in The Horse Catchers trilogy
Volume 3 in The Horse Catchers trilogy
The Deer Dancers trilogy
Mythological novel of the beginning of art
Volume 2 in The Deer Dancers trilogy
Volume 3 in The Deer Dancers trilogy
Children's books
By my mother, Marian Cockrell, the story of an enchanted castle on the edge of Fairyland

What We Keep

We Twee

November 12, 2013

Tags: language

Hollins campus buzzards observing the death of the English language
For some reason I am driven absolutely batty by the fashion for shortening words cutely: nutrish, delish, merch...

I donít know why this irritates me so much, but it absolutely does. Itís just so adorable and twee you half expect it to blow you kisses. Gack. I am sure there are other examples but these three are the ones I see everywhere, as if every copywriter in the country has suddenly had the same attack of Traumatic Cuteness Overload, rendering them tragically incapable of writing a dignified sentence.

Waste not, want not, however, so there is apparently also a corresponding urge to add the missing bits to something else: bootylicious, pinkalicious, and others no doubt even more revolting. When my doctor starts discussing my condish with me, I am taking whatever condition my condition is in to someone else.


  1. November 14, 2013 8:25 AM EST
    I hate "gifting." Whatever happened to "give?" And "shuttered." What's wrong with "closed?" That photo looks familiar . . . I think I took it the day after the derecho that nearly wrecked my book party. *That's* what the vultures were hanging around for.
    - candice
  2. November 14, 2013 10:36 AM EST
    Candice, you are absolutely right. I had forgotten where that picture came from, but I just love it. Buzzards are always so metaphorical
    - Amanda
  3. November 18, 2013 4:51 PM EST
    luv ya!


    Meant to write, "I love you!"
    But agreed, some of the shorthand is gagworthy.

    - Anonymous
  4. November 21, 2013 10:40 AM EST
    I loathe adorbs
    - ashley wolff

Chocolate novios for Day of the Dead

Noon Whistle at the Lizard Works

Back yard bottle tree

The last hurrah

Delia Sherman and Ruth Sanderson, summer Children's Lit faculty

Children's Lit faculty Brian Attebery and Ellen Kushner at the end-of-term party