Alphabet Challenge – Spanking Romance
Welcome to the Spanking Romance A to Z Blog Challenge. Along with a host of other spanking romance authors, I’ll be sharing little posts about a variety of topics for 26 days in June; each will bear a letter of the alphabet. One person who answers each day’s question in a comment for that day’s post will win a $26 Blushing Books gift certificate. You have to comment on all 26 posts to be eligible to win, but I’ve asked easy questions at the end of each short post, so it shouldn’t be onerous. If you’re following along, use the Linky List at the end of each post to visit the next author. I’m sure this is going to be a fun event, so have a great time!
Today, I’d like to use my letter A to talk about apostrophes. You know, those little squiggles in the middle and ends of some words.
We’ve all be bombarded on Facebook by the grammar gurus who want us to remember how to punctuate “they’re” and “it’s” and to understand how they’re different from their homonyms. What I’d like to think about today is not about grammar, but more about sound. How do you feel about the word “likin'” or “darlin'” or “li’l”? All of these use apostrophes to indicate a missing letter (or letters). They are almost always used in character dialog, and give the character a Texas twang or a Brooklyn bonus. I like to use them to indicate how real people talk, especially people with pronounced accents. We don’t all sound like news broadcasters, after all. Regions have regional speech patterns.
Like any part of writing, they can be abused. People speaking to others not of their region have to make themselves understood by using more complete words. And lots of readers aren’t from Texas! But peppered through dialog (consistently), I think they can really add to the flavor of a book.
So how do you feel when you read words with apostrophes when they’re indicative of an accent? Does it confuse you or carry you along to a different place or time?
Remember to answer today and every day for a chance to win books!
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