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Converting to Folksy

I have grown up enamored by folksy colloquialisms. My friend’s dad once said of the rain, “it’s like a cow pissing on a flat rock.” This type of simple-yet-beautiful metaphor captured my imagination.There’s nothing more charming to me than when someone casually drops something akin to, “that dog won’t hunt,” in a conversation. 419 more words


Being British

Briticism n. An idiom used in Britain but not in other English-speaking countries.

Everyone at home joked about me bringing back a British accent after studying abroad but in all truth, it’s not the accent you need to worry about; it’s the colloquialisms. 1,661 more words


Idioms: To Use or Not To Use? That is the Question

My apologies to William Shakespeare.

I stole a quote from his famous play Hamlet and tweaked it in my headline.

Would someone unfamiliar with his play understand the quote? 879 more words


3 Things In Spanish That Sound Stupid In English

Have you ever tried translating directly from one language to another in a sincere effort at effective communication and got blank stares instead of agreeable nods? 324 more words


Thoughts on Writing - Creating Fantasy Languages

One of the topics I’ve been thinking about recently is creating fantasy languages. Reason being, I’m creating a language for use in my YA fantasy manuscript, … 951 more words


This World and One More

“What that boy done was the furtherest thing I could imagine. Lawd, Lawd, this world and one more.”

The eighth decade of her life finds her living alone for the first time.  607 more words


The Glasgow I Used To Know

This blog is about life on the south east coast of Scotland, but this anonymous poem about Glasgow (in the west) was so well written and incorporated so many memories that I thought I would post it. 320 more words