Idioms! Huh! What are they good for?

23 10 2015

sorry about the title. Got an 80s song in my head. 

Idioms. Common sayings we pepper our conversations with without even thinking about. Some are similes, some metaphors, some confused (or not) with slang and some just damned odd created in a mad moment in the history of cultural references. 

I knew a teacher some while ago who was frequently saying “that’s the badger!” Rather than that’s the one. 

However, to the point. A quick blog as I pull into the station to share my favourite saying I was reminded by when a lady came out of the tilting toilet cubicle saying there was no paper left. I saw the same thing in a bar many years ago when the lady just said back to her complaining friend, ” yeah, mine neither. I just had to shake the lettuce” 

Need I say more?





Swearing your way through life – are there any shocks left?

24 09 2013

I used some swearwords in my last two posts. B**stards and B*ll*ocks to be exact. I used them deliberately, for effect, where the context supported their usage. I could have rephrased the blogs, restructured the context and made the points less impactful and the words would have become more gratuitous? In the second case though, I was already thinking about this next blog.

“B*ll*ocks!” you say. “You probably got some comments and wanted to respond.”

Swearing remains quite a sensitive subject. Even in this modern world when it seems every other phrase in modern TV post-watershed drama is F-that, C-this, sh*t, w*nt, b*gger the other. Half the music charts have words you wouldn’t want your pre-teen to hear – even if they are spoken in Korean!

Some web-filters will see through my use of aster*sks and hide this and preceding blogs but some will remain ‘innocent face’ and let readers fill in the blanks. For this reason alone I will continue to only use swearwords in context, not for impact.

But should I care? Should anyone care what language another writer uses? Does language use limit your readership? Do writers find themselves in a box if they use difficult, contentious, slang-ridden or just plain bad language?

Probably yes. Definitely – who knows? Questions lead to more questions. And any answer you get from one person will differ from the next.

This is one of the reasons I love writing. It is so subjective. One man’s meat …Back to the point though – in dialogue, when writing in anger, swearing is present. Ever-present. Sometimes writing for the baddies I even wish my keyboard came with a little shortcut – the F*** button. It would definitely speed things up!