6 Responses

  1. Trix
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    I think it depends on the situation, though “zounds” probably would make me giggle. Reminds me of an old Roy Blount essay on the orgasm, where he noted that before the first appearance of the word, “people probably said ‘odds bodkins’ or ‘what was THAT?!'”

  2. H.B.
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    I don’t think either is weird. Although zounds sounds like such a fun word to say =)

  3. susana
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    I think I would go for accuracy. Using a word which was not used at the time is like when you watch an old peplum film and one of the Romans is wearing a watch… so historicity is good for historicals, even though zounds sounds weird (maybe a note explaining the origin of the word would be appreciated…)

  4. Ree Dee
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    I really wouldn’t mind either way because if I’m really caught up in the story line, I really don’t care if it would be historically correct because I probably wouldn’t know off the top of my head and I wouldn’t want to take the time from reading the book to investigate.

    Thank you for your lovely books!

  5. Purple Reader
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    Thx for the education on swearing – who knew? Actually, I prefer whatever language used be close to that of the times, but I’m not a stickler, as long as it doesn’t take me out of the setting. I’ve already read Checkmate and loved it. Congrats on this release of it.


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