I read an excerpt last night that stayed with me to the point I’m still thinking about it this morning. But it didn’t stay with me in such a way I’m dying to run out and buy it. It stayed with me like cheap canned chili.
Thru is not a word. Yes, we see it every day as we go through bank drive-thrus and Dunkin Donuts drive-thrus, but it is not a word one uses in a book in place of through. Ever. Honestly.
Yes, I know genre fiction uses a less formal language than other literary works. And I neither know nor care if Webster or Oxford added it due to common usage. I don’t care if your editor didn’t highlight it and mark “WTF?” in the margins of your document. I don’t even care if the President makes it the Official freakin’ Word of the Month.
Don’t use thru in place of through in your book and expect me to take that writing seriously. I pointed. I laughed. I left.
So I know gotten tends to annoy our neighbors across the pond. What other words drive y’all nuts?