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Subject: What were they thinking?
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:04 PM ET
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So you're reading along and come upon a situation or sentence that you know the author didn't intend to be funny, but it's so absurd or out of place that it just makes you laugh.  I read something last night that still has me snickering this morning.  It's from Roxanne St. Claire's Then You Hide (pg 134).  Here you go: "She opened her mouth and vacuumed up his lower lip...".   Vacuumed?!  I think it's safe to say that there's just about nothing romantic about vacuuming!  LOL I keep picturing one of my Hoover attachments just doing a number on the poor guy's lip!  Owww!  When I get beyond the Hoover image, I picture a big catfish "opening her mouth" and "vacuuming up" any and all little creatures unlucky enough to come within inhaling distance.  Not a pretty picture!

-Lynn

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:16 PM ET
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Here you go: "She opened her mouth and vacuumed up his lower lip...".  

Don't keep us in suspense!  Did she ever regurgitate it back to him??

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:28 PM ET
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Fairly obvious to me... She opened her mouth and a little Dustbuster popped out:P 

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:33 PM ET
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HAHA!!!

one that i found baffling was in one of my keepers, The Heart Breaker by Nicole Jordan where she refers to the heroine's nipples as teats...TEATS? REALLY? is she part cow? totally took me out of the scene!

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:43 PM ET
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"Don't keep us in suspense!  Did she ever regurgitate it back to him??"

LOL I wish I could remember what came afterwards, but I already mailed the book off this morning! It was something like "with such pressure"...blah, blah.. I just couldn't get past the vacuuming part! 

"Fairly obvious to me... She opened her mouth and a little Dustbuster popped out:P" 

Bwahaaaaa!!!  Yep, with the new "Dyson technology" for extra power!

 

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Oh, and as for the teats...that's just wrong, so, soooo wrong.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 7:29 PM ET
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I read the Heartbreaker too and while it was a good book-I remember doing a "eww" at the teat thing as well. 

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 12:22 AM ET
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Lol.

 

Vacuumed? Oh my goodness, that editor needs to be slapped! That word is so obviously wrong!

 

I know I've come across some things, but darn, I can't remember now. I realize that authors are scrambling to come up with new adjectives and verbs, but you kno wwhat they say right? Oldies but goodies! Stick to what works!

 

Natalie

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 11:19 PM ET
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Yeah, read Heartbreaker, and "teats" was a definite cringe.  At the time, I recall hoping she got hate mail for it:P