Wacky Word Wednesday: Zeugma

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Zeugma

\ˈzüg-mə\
noun

1.  a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses or to two others of which it semantically suits only one.   …from Google.

2.  the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words usually in such a manner that it applies to each in a different sense or makes sense with only one … from Merriam-Webster.

“Amy and her Chinese takeout expired last month.”  

“Jason and his heart bled over the loss of Wednesday’s dinner.”

These quotes are examples of zeugma.

Um… best not eat that.

Wacky Word Wednesday: Flibbertigibbit

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Flibbertigibbit

/ˈflibərdēˌjibət/
noun

1. a frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person.  …definition from Google

Amy is a flibbertigibbit when she is nervous.

 

This word was first used in the 15th century.  In Middle English, the word is flepergebet. – from Merriam-Webster

Does anyone know what famous musical includes a song with this word in it?

Happy Veterans Day/Remembrance Day

vets1Thank you, veterans, past and present, for serving and for risking your lives to protect our freedoms.  Thank you for sacrificing time with your families, holidays with loved ones, birthdays with your children… so that we may sleep peacefully, knowing we are safe.  Thank you for protecting us… so that we may never know true oppression and fear like so many others who simply have the misfortune of being born elsewhere… under tyranny and poverty of a magnitude we can scarcely comprehend.  Thank you for helping others who are unable to help themselves.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you. #veteransday #veterans #salute

poppies
Poppies at the Tower of London. Photograph by Nick Harvey of Rex Features

In common wealth countries, today is also Remembrance Day or Poppy Day, dedicated to the memory of people who served in the armed services who have died protecting their country.  Many remember by wearing a poppy as a commemoration.  In England, 888, 246 ceramic poppies, each representing a British death during World War One, have been ‘planted’ around the Tower of London, with some 4 million people attending to witness the event.  Click here, for the full story and phenomenal pictures of this event. #remembranceday #poppyday #armisticeday

Is there an author in the house?

newsboy-paperboy-boy-person-newsOkay – I may have just left a big clue about my age. 🙂

I am pleased to announce that I have signed a contract with Liquid Silver Books to publish my debut novel, What the Duke Wants!  We are scheduled for an early 2015 release.   I’ll post details about the book, the release date, and pre-ordering links when they become available.

I am so thankful to my family and friends who have supported me along the way.  I am very, very fortunate.  Specifically, I ‘d like to thank:

My husband, who made it possible for me to be at home and who put up with a lot of late nights and messy house days while I wrote… and wrote and wrote and wrote…  Thank you.  (But let’s not tell anyone that this is only an excuse for the messy house, and that I’m normally that way anyway.)

My mother-in-law, Hilary Quinton, who spent months here listening to me talk out ideas and plot points, then reviewed and critiqued and reviewed so more.  Thank you. (I finally swept up the remains of your brains from the porch floor and saved them for your next visit.)

My kids, who believed in me, albeit impatiently, every step of the way.  Thanks, babies.  (They only thought it official on the day my business cards came in.  Who knew it was that easy to become an author?)

My friends, who reviewed it, believed in it and me, and helped raise my spirits when I doubted myself.  Thank you.  (I still use my fingerless gloves to keep my perpetually cold hands warm while I write.)

I’d like to thank the academy -… er, no, wait, wrong dream…

 

Amy Quinton, Author of Historical Romance

(I have to admit that I’m tickled to be able to say that)

 

Happy Fall!

Yeah, I’ve not been keeping up with my blog posts. I essentially took the summer off. I spent time with my kids. I waited patiently for editors and agents to respond to my queries. I hope to be able to post more exciting news soon, but in the mean time, I hope everyone is enjoying Fall!

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