Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Say What?" Part I've-Lost-Track: Cars Are Fragile Things

(Seen in books written by real authors. I have one question--WHERE IS YOUR EDITOR????)

"She slammed on the breaks, narrowly avoiding the animal in the road." 

And, conversely:

"He took a brake, too stressed out to keep going."


For starters, both words can be used as nouns or verbs. I understand how this can be confusing (not really), but bear (not "bare," we'll get to that in another post) with me here.

In the first instance, I suppose it would be helpful if your car tore into a million pieces to avoid hitting an innocent animal in the road. But, to be honest, I can't see that there is any guarantee a random piece won't hit said animal; and, I don't know that car manufacturers would stay in business for very long if, every time there was an obstacle, your vehicle fell to bits.

In the second instance, I am confused as to how a brake (pictured above) could relieve stress, but hey, I understand everyone is different, and I am completely accepting of the fact that a brake brings you some measure of comfort. Even if that is really effing weird.

So, to recap:

* "She slammed on the brakes" or

   "He put the brakes on the idea" (meaning he stopped it from progressing)


   "He took a break" or

   "Glass breaks easily"

And you're welcome.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Invent A Word Challenge!

Alright guys, today is not a "Say What?" post, but it is word-related nonetheless. As it turns out, I am in need of a word. A word that doesn't exist. And here's where you guys enter into it.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to invent a word that more or less represents a huff/growl/bark sound. Think: the Uruk Hai in the Lord of the Rings movies, or the werewolves in Underworld. That short, kind of breathing-out-yet-growling-but-intimidating-like-a-short-bark sound. That is what I need a word for.

Winner of the contest gets a special mention in Awakening and the prestige of having invented a new word. Wish I could offer more, but shipping costs and all that LOL.

You can leave your suggestions in the comments here, post them to my Facebook page, or tweet them to me. Let the inventing begin!