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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Romance Writer's Word of the Day 1/16/07

Today's "Romance Writer's Word of the Day" is...

muss [pronounced "muhs"]:

"Muss" is a noun meaning "a state of disorder"
OR a verb meaning "to disorder or make untidy."

*Warning: This word only shows up in the early 1800s as the "lovechild" (supposedly) of mess and fuss. So, if you're writing pre-Regency, please avoid this one :-)

A simple sentence using this word could be:
His hands trailing through the great length of her auburn mane, his anxious fingers mussed up her delicately curling locks.

What might one of your characters "muss?"
~Saoirse

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