Letters from Readers: February 2013

WE’VE GOT MAIL… Praise us or pan us, but just put it down in words. Bravos or boos, we want to hear from you

Watch Your Language

As a longtime Hour Detroit reader, I’m a big fan of your annual list of bad words [December 2012]. Perhaps you could keep these in mind for next year?
1. Overuse (and misuse) of the word “ironic”: If you bump into your friend at Caribou coffee and find that you both ordered a gingerbread latte with skim, that’s not ironic. That’s a coincidence.
2. Obsessed/addicted to: How many times have you read something like this little nugget of annoying from a celebrity? “Lately, I’ve been obsessed with purple glitter lipstick. It’s my go-to. I’m like, totally addicted!”
3. Arson-fire: Redundant. I used to write news, and I guarantee I never wrote that. Next time there is an arson-fire, I’d like to know about it so I can put on my trouser-pants and get in my car-vehicle to investigate.
4. On-trend: This is often used when making ridiculous declarations about what’s happening in fashion. “Right now, wearing your pants on your arms and a possum as a hat is so on-trend.”
5. The perfect storm: I bet a zillion dollars this is used by a writer who is desperately trying to be catchy and creative by using a book and movie reference.
6. Breathing a collective sigh of relief: “The whole country is breathing a collective sigh of relief this morning after police apprehended Choppy, the clown ax murderer.” Last time I checked, I’m in this country and no collective sigh of relief was breathed over here.

— Mary Plenzler, Rochester Hills

Opening Wallets

Just a short note to say thank you for an enjoyable magazine. … I take a copy as a gift to every customer of mine when we paint their house. The Way It Was page is our favorite! I hope the Salvation Army picture [December 2012] will open up some wallets!

— Dave Dragomer, Shelby Township

Don’t Muzzle Ted

First of all, I must say that I love your magazine. However, I found the reason you listed Ted Nugent on your list of ‘A Lump of Coal to…’ [December 2012] completely unjustified and highly opinionated. For the hundreds of celebrities that are openly supportive and outspoken about Obama, one of the relatively few that exercise their freedom of speech are lumped on your coal list?! Huge way to squash the First Amendment in the name of your magazine’s political view.

— Laura Waitz, Ann Arbor