Any joker can find more time for exercise, eat less salt and finally finish that screenplay from college. Boring! (At least that's what we tell ourselves when we repeatedly fail to keep any of those valiant New Year's resolutions.)
We want to hear what some of our favorite wordy types are resolving to do in 2012. Here goes:
"My resolution (and it's a continuing resolution) is to speak only witty profanity. If I'm going to offend people, I should at least pay them the courtesy of putting some thought behind it. In other words, I vow to talk a lighter shade of blue."
—Jay Heinrichs, author of "Word Hero: A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines that Get Laughs, Go Viral, and Live Forever" (Three Rivers Press)
"Now that beer vocabulary aspires to that of wine in complexity and ridiculousness, I've resolved to study the lingo: the meanings of bitter, stout, lager and ale; a malty this, and a hoppy that; the etymologies of Great Divide Yeti Stout Oak Aged, Uinta Crooked Line Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsener, and Dogfish Head Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale. No longer will the tongue recoil from what I misorder: mistakes like a $12 tulip glass of spumescent Belgian transmission fluid."
—Arthur Plotnik, author of "Better than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives" (Viva Editions)
"I need to stop using 'actually' so much. I use it too much in writing and I find myself using it too often in interviews. That's pretty boring but it's actually something I need to work on."
—Steve Kleinedler, executive editor, American Heritage Dictionary
"I can't think of any resolutions, though I'd be a little happier if people would resolve not to say 'nauseous' (sickening) when they mean 'nauseated,' would resolve not to say 'self-deprecating' (self-disapproving) when they mean 'self-depreciating' (self-belittling),and would resolve not to say 'free to choose one's destiny' when they mean 'free to choose one's own future.'"
—Rod Evans, author of "Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits: Unfamiliar Terms for Familiar Things" (Perigree)
"Along with everything else I resolve to do in 2012, I plan to learn a natural language (German) and finish a constructed one (Sidder). Failing that, I hope to nail down the difference between who and whom."
—Stephen D. Rogers, author of "The Dictionary of Made-Up Languages: From Elvish to Klingon, The Anwa, Reella, Ealray, Yeht (Real) Origins of Invented Lexicons" (Adams Media)Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times