Mar. 5th, 2017

obsolete

Mar. 5th, 2017 01:04 am
marycatelli: (Reading Desk)
OBSOLETE, adj. No longer used by the timid. Said chiefly of words. A word which some lexicographer has marked obsolete is ever thereafter an object of dread and loathing to the fool writer, but if it is a good word and has no exact modern equivalent equally good, it is good enough for the good writer. Indeed, a writer's attitude toward "obsolete" words is as true a measure of his literary ability as anything except the character of his work. A dictionary of obsolete and obsolescent words would not only be singularly rich in strong and sweet parts of speech; it would add large possessions to the vocabulary of every competent writer who might not happen to be a competent reader.

Ambrose Bierce

Frogkisser!

Mar. 5th, 2017 10:36 am
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

The adventures of Anya, a second princess, out to disenchant the prince whom her sister Morven had been in love with, until her stepstepfather had not only turned this prince into a frog, but produced another prince to lure Morven's heart away. (Not that that's too difficult.)

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
It's kind of annoying to find a writer who talks of the importance of doing your research and then pulls an awful research blooper.

In fairy tales, all witches are evil, and all wizards good. sigh

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
Lord, who throughout these forty days
For us didst fast and pray,
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