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On Polly Asks: New York Magazine Wants Me to Write Ask Polly For Them. Should I Tell Them to Piss Off?

@melis Oh, that's interesting! I hadn't considered the "swallow" possibility before. Thank you for bringing it to my attention (and for posting your comment in the first place; I love a good copy chat).

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm 0

On Polly Asks: New York Magazine Wants Me to Write Ask Polly For Them. Should I Tell Them to Piss Off?

@melis Hi! I'm Jen Gann, the Cut's copy editor. You're definitely right that a lot people use "swole" (Urban Dictionary, which we consult sometimes for slang usage, lists it). For this post, I chose "swoll" for two reasons: (1) Maggie Lange, the post's author, wrote it, and I trust her humor and slang instincts, and (2) "swoll" is closer to "swollen" visually, which I think helps get the meaning across to people who might not be familiar with the term. The copy desk at NYMag.com debates slang usage pretty often; we like to have fun while remaining comprehensible to a wide audience. We've already discussed the kinds of entries Heather Havrilesky is going to get into our style guide. Can't wait for the first opportunity to add "dickweasel."

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm 2