Monday, 27 March 2017
I do love a bit of well-placed dialect, so long as it doesn't muddy the waters of understanding. Where, for instance, do you stand on the word 'bint'? I've always understood it simply to mean a young girl, perhaps one who was rather naive, but not an especially offensive word. I used it this afternoon at Weaving Words and only one person agreed with me; the others thought it was at best derogatory and at worst downright insulting. The question is: do I replace it in my piece of writing?
We went round the circle today offering a piece of work each for supportive critiquing. My contribution was something I'd written for a competition (deadline looming) and I was grateful for the input of my fellow Weavers. It was a useful exercise, not least because the more we practise scrutinising the work of others, the better we get at self-editing. I'll let you know if their suggestions bear fruit, of course.
On the topic of competitions, my winning entry in the Association of Freelance Writers love poem comp has been published in the latest issue of the AFW newsletter, and I've written something for the association's blog here.
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Snowed (or snied) under with work - that's a good place to be! And by the way, 'bint' sounds derogatory to me.ReplyDelete
I think I might have to change it into something less dubious, Sally.Delete
I've never heard the word "bint." That's a new one for me. Congratulations on having your poem published in the AFW newsletter.ReplyDelete
I like the word, Elizabeth. Like wazzock, it sounds rude but isn't!Delete
I like the word 'bint' but where I live in Leicestershire it's quite offensive.ReplyDelete
According to the Urban Dictionary, 'bint' is English slang for a whore or bitch. Similar to a tart.
Good grief! What a difference a county boundary makes. I think I'd better find a different word.Delete
Have only heard the version 'snowed under' and I vaguely remember hearing the word 'bint' but it seemed to have negative connotations! Well done on your winning poem and enjoyable article.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Rosemary. In the light of feedback here and elsewhere I'm searching for a different word.Delete