Grammar Girl: What’s your favorite word and why?
Daniel Torday: “Justice.” Listen to those internal rhymes! Listen to how it starts, like a simile, to say “just”—but then it shifts. Look at how badly we need more of it in our world, right now.
GG: What’s a word you dislike (either because it’s overused or misused) and why?
DT: The neologistic way people refer to themselves as “myself” when they mean “me” hurts my ear a bit. I think as a novelist, or a short story writer especially, you’re always looking for concision. To say it tight.