I was drawn to the word, “kinda, sorta” which appeared in the article of Time magazine (April 27) under the headline, “The Clippers Should Have Boycotted Game After Owner’s Racist Remarks”:
The circumstances were unprecedented. The players, most of whom are black, had to represent an owner whose allegedly racist views - the team kinda, sorta questioned the authenticity of the audio - were now broadcast to the world.
GoogleNgram shows that the “kinda-sorta”emerged around / in 1920, and its usage has been shooting up since 1980.
However, answers.yahoo.com says:
"kinda-sorta" is not proper English. You shouldn't use it in any essays or articles or anything proper that you might write. It will make you sound unintelligent.
Is it too naive for me to presume that the word "kinda-sorta" is usable in (not-too-formal) writing as well as in speaking, now that I’ve seen the word being used in one of leading English language journals?