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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

All Work and No Play

Finally starting to get a handle on my workload again! It's such a relief to be back on track.

I've been doing some research into old curses-- think something mild enough that you might utter it if you dropped your keys in a mudpuddle-- in English, and haven't really found anything I liked, so I thought I'd put the word out on the blog, and see if anyone has any suggestions!

I also need modern French, Old Norse, and Scandinavian curses and expletives, if any of you have them sitting in your back pockets.

Let me tell you, if I knew some French myself, my life would be a lot easier.

Anyone else having trouble with something in your book that you don't know anything about, but realize belatedly that you wish you did?

8 comments:

  1. Ohhh, old curses, that sounds interesting *steeples fingers* *evil grin* *but not too evil*

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  2. Haha. Less curses and more expletives, maybe. But yeah. Just to give it a bit of...color. :)

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  3. Wish I could help with your curses, but I don't know anything about that.

    To answer your question, the thing I need to know for my WIP is... you know the poster of the guy wearing the shirt that says "COLLEGE," right?

    Who is that guy?

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  4. Amber-- I have nooooo idea who that guy is. I want to say someone from Animal House or something, isn't it? I never watched those movies though...

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  5. Last month I realized I knew nothing about horses, and my characters were to be riding them halfway across the continent. What are the types of horses? How far can one travel in a day?

    I then spent so much time researching horses that I am basically an equestrian, now.

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  6. Trinza: I did that with the Nordic Bronze Age. And Helen of Troy myths in general. I think I'm an expert in Helen of Troy and Trojan War mythology now. (and I love it)

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  7. The usual French curse is merde.

    Our arse comes from Old Norse ars.

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  8. Thanks Gary!

    I just got hooked up with someone who speaks fluent Icelandic through my sister, so I'm going to see if he can point me to some Icelandic Expletives. Fingers crossed!

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