I wish I could meet this guy. If I’m ever Washington I am going to seek out his shop.You have to read the whole article. He speaks so much sense:
“And then, there are the rules of the store. First, you can only get in when it is open. Second, no cell phones. This is a book store and not a phone booth. Third, there are words and phrases that you can’t use in my store: like, oh my God, neat, sweet, have a good one, that’s a good question, totally, whatever, perfect, Kindle or Amazon. These words give me brain damage. I’m serious. When people use them in here, I tell them to get a thesaurus and stop being so mentally lame.
Jim Toole in an interview with People’s District of Washington D.C.
I think if I lived in America I would also want to ban the word neat, but I’m Welsh and suppose I use the word tidy in the same way.