February is LGBTQ+ History Month (in the UK). Last week, we looked at when to set your LGBTQ+ book, this week we’ll consider language through time.
Should you be sending your readers to the dictionary for every sentence you write?
What is the language of an LGBTQ+ book? What makes it authentically LGBTQ+?
Let’s not get laissez-faire over this. There are rules! So, settle down with your café noir, if that’s your preference, and let’s discuss italics.
Do you know your recto from your verso? What’s the difference between MSS and MS? What is this stet I keep seeing on the page? Definitions at the end of the post!
My job is frequently portrayed as being about pedantry. The correct use of the comma, the correct use of subject, verb agreement, the correct spellings.
But that’s not always the case.
The Oxford English Dictionary’s New Words List for April 2020 gives these new terms. If you are interested in finding the definitions, head over to their amazing website. It’s one I am using constantly, as words continue to morph and usage changes, especially in these times!
The current situation has produced a whole new vocabulary. Some words are new, some have been brought out of retirement to be used in these uncertain times.