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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

on “biast” (and other weird usages, strange vocabulary, and creative writing)

If you come to the site of a writer and want to be taken seriously when you offer criticism of that writer’s vocabulary choices, invented words, odd turns of phrase, and the like, you had better have a good reason. Not a good reason: That you haven’t read the plainly and obviously linked explanation for a weird spelling.

From now on, I will delete any comment that states that “biast” is not a word. If you cannot even be bothered to take the tiny and clearly marked step to discover why I have chosen to spell the word this way, I cannot be bothered with you. And I’m sick of my comment threads being cluttered up with this nonsense. (To my regular commenters: Please don’t respond to these people. I’ve just deleted some responses from regulars, and I don’t want you to take offense at this. It wasn’t about you: it was about discouraging the original commenter and not cluttering up the thread.)

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  • LaSargenta

    Lol. No complaints.

  • David_Conner

    This just goes to prove how biast you really are!

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Honestly? I’m surprised you let it go on as long as you did.

  • Beowulf

    Are we all bi-assed? Geez, sorry for that crack…

  • LaSargenta


  • RogerBW

    Works for me. A friend of mine has a t-shirt along these lines:

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