As a writer, I’m always looking for a new inspiration, for a new idea, sometimes for a new phrase.
I interact with a fair amount of people every day – some are nice, some aren’t (that includes almost everyone I interacted with yesterday). Some are funny and some are funny without meaning to be. A beta reader has pointed out the conversation in my books is very realistic, and flows easily. I think it’s because I listen closely to how people speak.
A couple of years ago, while horseback riding in Iceland, a British lady on the tour used the phrase “keen as mustard.” I laughed so hard I almost fell off the horse. (OK, full disclosure, I almost fell off the horse prior to the laughing also.)
Today I heard a phrase that made me laugh so hard I had tears coming out of my eyes. I don’t think I can ever use it as a writer. I cannot imagine any of my current characters every saying it (I hope they never need to!) but it was hysterical. I cannot imagine another human being, other than my very nice teenager patient, saying it. I told him and his mother, once I could speak, I would never forget the phrase “aggressive bathing”. Words I never thought would be used together. I hope you ponder this phrase and have a laugh.
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