Have you ever been writing along and you fingers type a word that makes you stop and say, “Huh. The word fits… I think. But what does it mean????”
Okay, I’m probably the only one who does that, and maybe it means I need to sleep with the dictionary under my pillow a little more often so I can absorb some definitions via osmosis (a cool word in and of itself.)
So anyway, I was writing along and started writing this sentence… “But Jenny knew that beneath the subterfuge…”
And I did my whole “huh” thing.
Subterfuge? It sounds good there. And my fingers have typed it all by their wierd selves, because I really have no clue what the word means.
I looked it up on dictionary.com and was delighted to find out that it means EXACTLY what I’d hoped. “An artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.”
I LOVE finding the perfect word.
In this case, Jack and Jenny had been ignoring a huge truth in their lives. That they lived 9 hours from each other and neither wanted to move. So during their “meeting,” they played boyfriend/girlfriend. They both purposely didn’t think about the future, they pretended their lives where normal and that this problem didn’t exist.
In other words, they were practicing subterfuge.
For you writers out there, how do you keep your vocabulary “fresh”? Am I the only one who’s fingers are smarter than her brain when it comes to the ‘right’ word to use?
Note: In my example above, I fully realize that I used the word “knew” which is a tell-tale example of NOT being in deep POV. I am rushing to go change it right now!