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?


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

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

  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?

  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...

  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.

  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)

  7. The usual French curse is merde.

    Our arse comes from Old Norse ars.

  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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