Mr. Grundy’s English Class

Writers Envy

Word Choice.

Ernest Hemingway is said to have paused writing for days while searching for the right word. I don’t have the patience for that, though I will put my pen down and spend a few minutes racking my brain for the word on the tip of my tongue. I suspect Ernest had more on his mind than finding lexicologic Nirvana.

One word that I rarely have occasion to use is “ilk.” In fact, I can’t think of a time when I have used it. The dictionary notes that ilk is derived from a Scottish word meaning his land, or “of the place or estate of the same name.”
Ilk
Noun: of that ilk; plural noun: of that ilks
“Sir Boss Braveheart of that Ilk,” meaning “of that place that bears his name.”

However, over time, ilk has become associated with unsavory characters such as hoodlums, bruisers, outcasts, and politicians…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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