Posts Categorized: Language

Finding the right crime fiction character name

  Hercule Poirot. Sam Spade. Stephanie Plum. Lou Mason. While these familiar names roll off our tongues as if they were real people, the authors who invented them probably spent hours agonizing over every syllable. Coming up with a crime fiction character’s name may seem as hard as naming a child, and for good reason…. Continue Reading Finding the right crime fiction character name »

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What’s the matter with Brits today?

My good friend, Kate Naylor, laid down the linguistic-cultural gauntlet in her guest post about the many ways Americans have influenced British music, writers and television shows. That gate swings both ways. From the British Rock Invasion – to Agatha Christie – to all the British actors who won Emmys for their roles on

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