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Vulture Debate Club, Holiday Edition: Les Miz or Les Mis?

We can safely predict that no review of Les Misérables will be as entertaining a read as today’s hilarious mock debate on Vulture between staffers Kyle Buchanan and Amanda Dobbins. Apparently, he kicked off the website’s house-style preference for the abbreviation Les Miz while she, despite being in the clear Vulture minority, continues to steadfastly cling to Les Mis.

Their back-and-forth transcribed conversation is good for a half-dozen memorable zingers. Here for example is Buchanan’s retort to Dobbins’ observation that Universal Pictures has the URL lesmiz.com redirecting readers straight to lesmis.com:

“But just look at those URLs! Which is more fun to read, and more pleasing to the eye? It certainly is not “Lesmis,” which sounds like a short-lived sapphic club founded at Radcliffe College in the late fifties.”

This observation comes right after Buchanan points out that Dobbins’ Les Mis preference is in line with old-guard media like the New York Times. A paper, he notes, that “refers to gay men as “homosexuals” and is unable to profile a rapper without timidly referring to “an expletive that is too colorful to print in a family paper.”” Buchanan is also having fun with reader comments. All in all, très, trèz drole.

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