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« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2009, 05:27:32 AM »

To show how effectively scary the book was, in England the other day I was walking down a back alley at night to the local pub and 'There was too many shadders' as Williams put it.

Needless to say, I picked up the pace and got myself a beer pronto at the other end of the alley.

Oh, and some of the other vocab I found quite enlightening, such as the reference to older sailors as 'shellbacks'. I can't wait to use the word.

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« Reply #31 on: August 20, 2009, 01:21:17 PM »

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« Reply #32 on: August 20, 2009, 01:28:26 PM »

And then there were the words "funk" and "funky" - my first introduction to these words was in the early Eighties with the popularisation of "Jazz-funk" - but now I know it was a word used 100 years ago, amazing. Still not quite sure what it means, though.  scratch

There's an amazing invention that can help you out with that. It's called a "dictionary." Early versions came in book form, but the one I just consulted was in electronic format, and told me exactly what the word means, as well as its origin. There are TONS of words in the average dictionary. Check it out! 
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« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2009, 01:48:59 PM »

mustn't have my stuff here, ed keeps it.
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« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2009, 02:12:05 PM »

Well, I can help you with the origin of funk question. You're on your own for blimed.  bleh
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« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2009, 02:20:27 PM »

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« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2009, 02:43:16 PM »

Gawd, blimey! I can't believe you two are 'avin' a go at eachuver over the word 'funk'.

In the Flashman books, Flashman was often in a 'funk' - ie. 'scared shitless', as they say.

As for 'blimed', if you check earlier in the thread, Ed came to the same conclusion I did; that it was a colloquialism coming from the words 'Gawd, blimey', which was almost a blasphemous term, meaning 'God, blind me' and often shortened to just 'blimey' - see the beginning of the post.

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« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2009, 03:17:12 PM »

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« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2009, 05:39:04 PM »

The primary colour thing is quite interesting, at least I used to think it was anyway - I used to develop and print from colour film as a hobby. If you were printing from a negative, you had to blend the colour of light you put through the filters in the enlarger and compensate for bluish hues by adding the colour opposite to it in the spectrum, which I think might have been yellow. I only mention this because I'm drunk, BTW smiley
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« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2009, 06:57:46 PM »

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« Reply #40 on: August 23, 2009, 05:12:11 PM »

Yeah - must admit I was quite impressed myself. I had sunk half a bottle of wine and two or three bottles of beer by then, but the predictive text on my iphone helped a bit, too. I'm really appreciating being back on a normal sized keyboard and looking at the site on a big screen right now, though.

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« Reply #41 on: August 23, 2009, 07:55:37 PM »

So, Ed, did you get a lot of writing done while you were away?
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« Reply #42 on: August 24, 2009, 04:20:15 AM »

This was my setup:



But no, I didn't get nearly as far into the novel as I had hoped. A pitiful 2,000 words, in fact. I wasn't left alone long enough to get into my 'zone', because kids kept coming back for drinks, or snacks, or to beg me into the pool. So basically, I spent a lot of time indoors, trying, with nothing much to show for it. rolleyes

I did manage to get a bit further along with a zombie story I'm writing, though. That one seemed to flow a lot better, because I'm on the tail end of the plot where it's all coming together and I don't have to think about it.
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« Reply #43 on: August 24, 2009, 06:22:41 AM »

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While I remember, a Zombonauts II is being mooted - which I'll write something for if it comes to fruition.

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« Reply #44 on: August 24, 2009, 06:32:43 AM »

That would be cool. I'll probably send it out to a few places that allow simsubs, though. It would be nice to get a bit more than 1c a word for all the effort I put into it, if it's possible, but money isn't everything. Trouble is, all those places paying more take ages to respond, too.
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