All writers have tics. Me, I'm a qualifier - my texts are littered with kindas, sortas, maybes and almosts. In print copy I ruthlessly hunt them down and eliminate them; my online voice is probably closer to my spoken conversation.
The writers at Watch This Scape are very fond of 'nice', and variations upon a theme of 'crazy'.
John Hurrell's word of the year would appear to be 'muscular'
"Karaka II (1980) is unusually large for Walters, being particularly muscular in its organisation of pulsing korus, and with their bulbs being especially large."
"Of the nine works ... the black on white paintings are the best, partly because Sara Hughes had a coloured palette similar to Heaphy’s, so that ‘look’ is starting to look now like a Gow Langsford brand, and also because formally they are more muscular anyway."
"Braddock’s wiry anaemic freckled back presented this way has its own muscular eroticism."
"They are intimate works, not muscular but gorgeously delicate."
"Their works had nice muscular scale matched with intriguing ideas."
"Her placement of two panels side by side similarly creates peculiar tensions where the suggested patterns avoid a strident dynamic and remain anaemic, circumnavigating the muscular."
"They combine to look thick and muscular, as if drawn by say Richard Serra."
And from a review of Lisa Crowley's current show, which appeared in my feedreader this morning but has disappeared from the blog: "their muscular scale, all being 1234 mm high and between 1386 and 1946 mm wide".