Monday, November 8, 2010
Being a wordsmith, I, of course, love words. I love to discover new ones that I've never heard before, or maybe I've heard them, but never knew what they meant, and need to go look them up. That's when I jot them down for later.
Such words are always cropping up. I can remember where I've seen/read nearly every one of these that I'm going to give you today. Yes. Always I find them in books, of course. But each one I remember what author, and even which book I've found them in. Dean Koontz has always been a great word master, thus a number of my special words have come from him, through the years. Another author would be J.K. Rowling, mainly because she is British, and I may need some British slang, or word that is particular to them for some character in my book.
My first word I found in the book by Dean Koontz Face –an excellent book, by the way.
foible: strange behavior trait particular to an individual.
This one is from J.K. Rowling:
queue: (British) a line—as in people waiting in line to be served.
Sometimes you need an odd word or two to add to the distinctive diction of a character. Here are a few that would probably be considered colloquial enough that might not be found in a dictionary. I see that nearly all of these my spell check found offensive enough to underline.
har de har
The above I've found in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I love her wacky character in Stephanie Plum.
And I have one more. This one is actually a phrase that, if you can't spell worth a damned, you will spell it wrong, but think you've got it right because your spell check will not catch it:
death throe(throe means pang)
That's it for todays WORDS.
Happy writing, everyone!