Word Snobs Unite for Quiz 2 & Exercise 2
Okey dokey, pig-in-a-pokey! (Any League of Gentlemen fans out there?) Time for a little spelling review. Can you find the correctly spelled word in this list? (Please do NOT post your answer. That blows it for everyone! This is strictly a "self-study" quiz.)
Now for a little writing warmer-upper. Many of you younger whippersnappers aren't familiar with the work of the master, Raymond Chandler (1888-1959). He wrote mysteries. crime novels and what they used to call "pulp fiction." His were dark, moody, witty stories set in Southern California. He wrote in a style that was pure word-jazz. He used the rhythm of words in thrilling riffs as cool as a Gene Krupa solo. His sentences were redolent with whiskey and reefer and women with a past and no future. It was a style he invented and that many since have tried to emulate. His specialty = the simile.
Here are some classic bites of Chandler:
"A white night for me is as rare as a fat postman." -- The Long Goodbye (Chapter 12)
"The General spoke again, slowly, using his strength as carefully as an out-of-work showgirl uses her last good pair of stockings." -- The Big Sleep (Chapter 2)
"His smile was as stiff as a frozen fish." -- "The Man Who Liked Dogs"
"I belonged in Idle Valley like a pearl onion on a banana split."--The Long Good-bye (Chapter 13)
"Even on Central Avenue, not the quietest dressed street in the world, he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food."--Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 1)
"`She's dark and lovely and passionate. And very, very kind.' `And exclusive as a mailbox,' I said." ---The Little Sister (Chapter 19)
"The walls here are as thin as a hoofer's wallet."--Playback (Chapter 5)
"The voice got as cool as a cafeteria dinner."--Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 15)
Yummy, huh? So here's your little task this week. Come up with a couple of tasty, Chandleresque similes. Post them in comments on this section. I'll even give you some fill-in-the-blanks to help get you started. But you're free to invent your own.
1. In August 2005, Dallas was as hot as _________.
2. She was as nervous as ___________.
3. Slow-talker? Conversation with him is like __________.
4. Watching them exchange vows, she couldn't help but think they were as compatible as ______and _______.
5. Her eyes were as ________ as _________.
OK, pick one or two and write a Chandleresque turn of phrase. Can't wait to read them!