Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Round-Up - #238





Jean Fischer talks about regional dialects and how it affects our stories.

I recently read a series by Kristen Heitzmann that took place in my old hometown. It made me smile when she used familiar terms.

Writers: Do you research the words used in the geographic areas where your stories take place?

Readers: Does it jar your senses when an author or writer uses a word or phrase that doesn't match the setting? Please share.

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5 comments:

Jessica Nelson said...

It would probably jar me, I think.

I love the new look to your blog! Maybe it's not new since I haven't been around in a while, but really, it looks lovely. :-)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

The design is fairly new. I'm glad you like it. Notice I've stuck with purple. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Terri Tiffany said...

yes, my mind is jarred when a reader uses some word that doesn't go with the setting--doesn't happen often though. Hope your week coming up is a good one!!

Jean Fischer said...

Thanks for the shout out, Susan.

Yes, when an author uses a word or phrase that's out of place in the setting, it does jar me. On the other hand, I've read some books where the author goes so overboard with the dialect that's it's difficult to read.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri - I've occasionally seen a 20th Century slang word used in the wrong timeframe.

Hi Jean - Yes, a little goes a long way with dialect.

Blessings,
Susan :)