Monday, March 14, 2011

Editing for Grammarphobes: Word Origins


Do you know where the phrase throwing down the gauntlet comes from?

A gauntlet is a chain mail glove worn with medieval armor to protect one’s hand. In the days of chivalry and combat, when a gauntlet was thrown to the ground, it meant that knight was challenging his opponent to a fight. If the gauntlet was picked up by the opposing knight, the challenge was accepted.

How about vandalism?

The word, “vandalism,” originally referred to the Vandals, a Germanic people who sacked Rome in 455 under the leadership of Galseric. Their name has remained a synonym for willful destruction.


New Book By Karen Cantwell and L.B. Gschwandtner 
Friends of the blog, Karen Cantwell, who provided last Friday’s flash fiction piece, and L.B. Gschwandtner, whose story, “A Sudden Rush,” appeared in October, have teamed up to write Foxy’s Tale, a comic, chick lit vampire tale with a twist. Here’s the description.

Foxy Anders has a list of problems as long as a shopping spree receipt from Neiman Marcus. She's a retail spender with no money to spare and a former beauty queen with no man in her life. After a nightmare divorce she's left with one asset, a building off Washington, D.C.'s classy DuPont Circle. By turning the ground floor into an antique shop, Foxy figures she has an excuse to spend money ... that she doesn't have. 


Foxy also has a teenaged daughter, Amanda, who likes to blog secretly about her biggest problem — Foxy. At least, she thinks Foxy is her biggest problem. But that's all about to change when she hooks up with Nick, a cute guy at school who evidently has a gift for attracting older women. Amanda just doesn't know HOW much older they really are.

When Foxy rents the garden apartment to stylish, shoe-fettishista Knot, who turns out to have a knack for talking wealthy Washington A-listers into Foxy's antiques, it looks as if Foxy will make it on her own after all. Except that Knot is also a genius at creating problems ... in his love life.

They're a quirky threesome to be sure, but when mysterious, bumbling, Myron Standlish arrives on the scene with a suitcase full of Yiddish-isms, he brings along his own set of problems, larger and stranger than all of theirs put together. Oy vey. How will Myron's personal journey affect their lives? Well ... that's Foxy's Tale.

It is available for Kindle at amazon.com.

1 comment:

L.C. Evans said...

I can't wait to read this!