Words I Wish I’d Written: Misery

Sergeant Colon was a picture of misery, drawn on a lumpy pavement in bad crayon on a wet day.— Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant. Colon, a life-long sergeant, has just been informed that he's being promoted to acting captain. It will not Go Well, and fans of The Caine Mutiny will do well to keep an eye on the sugar cubes. … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: Evening Dress

It was definitely evening dress. You couldn’t get away with it in daylight.— Terry Pratchett, in The Fifth Elephant, describing Sergeant Detritus' idea of evening wear. The quote continues, "The troll looked like a wall with a bow tie." … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: On Facial Hair

The baron sat down. He was a large, red-faced man, insofar as a face could be seen under the beard, hair, mustache and eyebrows which were engaged in a bitter four-way war over the remaining areas of bare skin.— Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant. In his defense, the baron is a werewolf; it comes with the territory. … [Read more...]


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