Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Nitpicking

"To suicide" is not a verb... do not use it as such in a query letter to me.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"To suicide?" Odd. Perhaps they thought that the noun 'suicide' could undergo zero-derivation? You know, where words change their lexical category; the beach becomes to beach etc.

But then again what would I know, I confused enclave and conclave!

fathoms said...

I'm sorry, but that's just funny as hell. I laughed REALLY hard...not even sure why. LOL

Jodi Meadows said...

I love verbing things, but I'm not sure that's one even *I* would go for.

BuffySquirrel said...

The OED disagrees, dating the use of a verb form of "suicide" from the mid-nineteenth century. Not a usage I would adopt myself, however.

I was amazed by how many of the novels randomly picked for the Snarkster's Crapometer started with a woman planning or attempting suicide. Is this the sort of novel opening publishers are buying?

Jenny Rappaport said...

buffysquirrel, wow, I was completely unaware of that. This particular usage was something along the lines of "Bubba had failed to suicide"; that was approximately the opening of the query letter.

And no, as far as I know, publishers are not buying novels that open with suicides... although I have one notable exception in my client list that does open that way, but it has an actual plot purpose.

James Dashner said...

Dang it all. If only it were a verb, Shakespeare's famous line would've been easier for the masses to understand.

To suicide or not to suicide, that is the question.

Aimee said...

Sounds like this person is trying "to suicide" their chances with you? ;)