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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Romance Writer's Word of the Day 7/26/07

Today's Romance Writer's Word of the Day is:

riposte.

Riposte [rih-pohst] is a noun that means "a quick jab or thrust with a sword given after parrying an opponent's move; a quick reply in word or deed."

Here's a sentence:
"If you were my husband, I would poison your tea," the lady said, eyes glinting at her unintentional dinner companion.
"If I were your husband, I would gladly drink it," he replied as a riposte.

Have a great night,
~Saoirse
PS--My father's been here these past two days, so little writing's being done, but lots of good talking.

2 comments:

JJ said...

Hi there,
I believe that's one of Churchill's quotes, isn't it?
JJx

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Very good! You are correct (although I didn't directly quote the situation) it was DEFINITELY "strongly inspired" ;-) by his fiery encounter with Lady Nancy Astor.

The original exchange went more like this:

Lady Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I'd poison your tea.
Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband, I'd drink it.

Glad you stopped in JJ!
~Saoirse

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