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Phrases You Hate in Books, or ideas

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edit: This post was about finding the use of 'lighted' instead of 'lit' eg 'the torch lighted up the trees' which I noticed a while ago in a book I was reading, then searched and found it in others. But I have calmed down now because I checked again and found its not that common - I got the impression it had somehow become standard without my noticing.

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55 minutes ago, Larry of the Lake said:

 Not in books, but lately you cannot find the words "dictator" or "dictatorship" without the "brutal" in front of them.  Use another word or just skip it, it's become almost universal.  

How about 'puppy kicking dictator'?  Now that tells us all we need to know.

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1 hour ago, Garlan the Gallant said:

Not so much a phrase but I really don’t like when the author re-explains something a number of times throughout the series.

I don't mind per se, but I will say this:

"He wolfed down"

He WOLFED down...

This is used by a few authors I knew in the 2000s and early 2010s (from what I remember).

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