First of all, I did do the drawing last week for the winner of the digital of one of the Ellie Sweet books, and the lucky duck was

Kirstin Whitener!

Congrats, Kirstin! I know you’ll love them!!

This week I’ll be starting a giveaway for a signed paperback of The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, so if you were holding out for the hard copy, stop back by later!

And now on to our word of the week. =)

Any historical writer knows that a big challenge in writing authentic dialogue is trying to find era-appropriate exclamations…especially when writing for the Christian market and wanting to avoid any that venture toward cursing. And one can only use “blast it” so many times, LOL. I’ve looked up a lot of these over the years, and figuring out their etymology is always fun.

The Broken Vase by Harry Watrous, circa 1900

Today, we’re taking a look at dash, which I have used a time or two. The verb dash dates from about 1300 and comes from a Danish word that means “to beat, to strike.” And so, the oldest English sense is of something getting “dashed to pieces”…including the metaphorical “dashed hopes.” Around the same time, it also took on the transitive sense of “to move quickly,” which lead to the noun by the late 1300s.

Round about 1726, it began being applied to hurried writing (to dash a letter to someone…), but it took until 1881 for it to be applied to a race, originally one run in one heat.

And now back I go to dash a few more words into A Soft Breath of Wind before it’s time to start school. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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