I am more than half way through my book and haven’t been sparing a thought for my blog but there are a couple of odds and ends I want to share. One is the word sobeit. Is it a word? Should it be written as three words, so be it? I found myself using it in my current story and when I tried sobeit, thinking it would be like albeit, my spell check got all upset. So I spelled it in three words. Then I looked it up – apparently sobeit is a word which dates from1575 and albeit from 1385 (according to dictionary.com). But sobeit looks silly so I decided to leave it as three words.
The story I am writing is about a woman, in England, who is doing a lot of dog walking in winter. So obviously she wears wellington boots, a term which is always abbreviated to wellies. But does my spell check accept this? Not a chance – at every opportunity it changes the word to willies. My daughter finds this hilarious, to her the word is plural for a vulgar term (interjection – why do men feel the need to give names to their private parts? One of those weird things no female would ever consider doing, or can really understand - but for many women that goes for football too) but I am of a generation where the expression ‘gives me the willies’ to denote a spine creeping feeling, is a normal term. Not to mention the strange but beautiful group of Wilis (one L, no E) in the ballet Giselle. They always puzzled me a little as they are described as girls who were jilted and died before their wedding days. Well they must have been pretty feeble sort of characters – I am so glad we are made of sterner stuff these days! BTW I am not criticizing Giselle – it is one of my favourite ballets – I saw it not too long ago at Maynardville, our local (Cape Town) open air theatre set in wooded parklands – you could not imagine a more perfect setting – also perfect for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But I digress. And just in case I have readers of my daughter’s generation I shall do a thorough search when I have finished and make sure no ‘offensive’ words have slipped through.
Till next time J