Blogging Insights — Unusual Words

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TODAY’S QUESTION

When you use a word/term that you think your readers might not know do you think you should add a link to it, or is it a better idea to let people find out on their own?

Ah, I hold my hand up to assuming people know.
Being a Brit, some of our terminology is somewhat different to those of my American readers. Hood/bonnet, trunk/boot on cars are a given, but I have been caught out several times and been asked what was meant by ‘roof’ when I was referring to our attic/loft or more recently ‘hair slide’ for a clasp to hold my hair back in a pony tail.  I use to make hair bands at school for my friends, which I believe is known as an Alice Band across The Pond.
If my readers might be confused about something, I either try to explain what it is in my post, or respond should they ask in the comments.
On the other hand, there are some things I read in other bloggers’ posts that I look up.
Some are words I literally have never heard of, or I am trying to find alternative meanings for them for something I;m trying to write.

As for links, I think that is up to the individual, both writer and reader. A link to a dictionary could seem a bit rude but if I’m writing about something and there is an interesting story behind it, I may include a link then, but not usually for a single word.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Blogging Insights — Unusual Words

  1. Sadje says:

    Same here Di.

  2. I live in New York. An English woman who’s in charge of the soup kitchen I go to once asked me to get her a trolley. Here, that’s our word for type of public transportation. We call what she wanted a shopping cart.

  3. I figure if I can’t make something out using context clues, I ask in the comments. I hope the writer gets that I want to understand their post.

  4. murisopsis says:

    I do think most of the time I can figure it out from context but it is always nice to have an footnote or a link if clarification is necessary… Of course I’m never shy about asking for a definition! I’ve learned so many interesting things just by asking!!

  5. I think you have summed up the whole issue beautifully in the last paragraph.

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