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Monday, March 15, 2010

Language

Happy Tuesday Folks,

Thank you to everyone who expressed condolences and sympathy regarding my uncle's death. I truly appreciate all the kind words and support.

Thank you everyone for the fabulous comments regarding the interview with Elizabeth Pina. It was great the way everyone supported her. I was hoping I was asking good questions to help folks and glad to know that through her answers both myself and Elizabeth were able to do you all a helpful service :-)

In visiting with my brother and his fiancee recently we got to talking about writing and their own kind of writing. They're music composers (and musicians). She's working on her Doctorate and my brother is finishing up his Masters before he starts his Doctorate. My brother was explaining his Thesis music composition to me and half the terms went over my head.

That's got me thinking about how in the writing world we have our own terms that others might not understand (I had someone outside the writing business ask me what a "query" was one day, just to give an example).

I don't know about you, but that's what I think is so fascinating about language. Depending on what you're talking about words and terms can mean different things.

For instance, in a story if it says: "Julie queried." it means Julie asked a question. But if a writer queries it's more than just a simple question, it's a whole letter to an agent or publisher asking them if they're interested in representing them and working on the novel (or non-fiction work) with them.

WIP might not mean anything to a person outside the writing world, but to an author it means "Work In Progress", which can mean anything from writing the manuscript to editing.

So what about you? What terms have you picked up that illustrate this?

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

2 comments:

Marsha Sigman said...

I am so sorry to hear about your uncle, Bethany. It is hard to know what to say at times like this but know that I am thinking about you!

My husband likes the word synopsis. Any time I mention it I have to listen to him call it thermopsis, sylopsis, whatever he can think of that is not actually the word. He makes me nuts.

Bethany said...

Marsha,

Thank you very much for your kind words.

"Synopsis" is a cool word. What you said about your husband made me laugh :-)