Speaking of reviews and reviewers, we wondered if we were merely imagining Michiko Kakutani's absolutely relentless overuse of "limn" - it shows up in the first paragraph of her review of Falling Man - so we took a trip back into the archives to see just how bad it really is. This is as far as we got until boredom overtook us:
The Post Birthday World: "... Ms. Shriver’s instinctive knowledge of her heroine’s heart and mind and her ability to limn Irina’s very different relationships ... "
Theories of Everything: " ... her capacity to limn everything from the existential and Dada-esque ..."
Collected Stories, Saul Bellow: " ... attempts to limn the last days of an alcoholic frontierswoman ... "
Emergence: "But ''Emergence'' does limn some of its burgeoning manifestations."
Getting a Life: " ... funny and disturbing stories that limn the middle- and upper-middle-class world of London ... "
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: " ... using his copious gifts of language to limn his characters' state of mind."
Love: " ... Ms. Morrison employs the sort of didactic language she used in the ham-handed ''Paradise'' to limn the women's relationships to each other ... "
Brotherhood of the Bomb: " ... he fails to fully limn the social and geopolitical fallout ... "
A Simple Habana Melody: " ... empathize with his characters and to limn their inner lives ... "
The Black Veil: " ... eye for social detail that enable him to limn the discontents of his childhood ... "
The Doctor's House: " ... demonstrated the author's ability to limn her characters' inner lives ... "
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: " ... Ms. Munro has created tales that limn entire lifetimes in a handful of pages ... "
John Adams: " ... his political sounding board and most trusted confidant, limn a marriage of enduring passion ... "
Back When We Were Grownups: " ... used her generous gifts of compassion to limn the interior lives of Rebecca and her family ... "
Speaking with the Angel: " ... the author's pitch-perfect ear for how people talk to limn a man's sudden apprehension of vulnerability and loss ... "
The First American: " ... never penetrates Franklin's placid demeanor to limn his inner life ... "