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The CKFiction Dictionary: Down-Home Sayings

 

It’s no secret that I’m from a cornfield in southern Indiana.  What most people who are unaccustomed with the state are unaware of though, is that Indiana is basically split into two subcultures: the bottom third of the state and the northern two-thirds.  The southern part of the state fits in more with Kentucky and Tennessee in regard to lifestyle, accents, politics, and whatever else you can think of, while the northern chunk is more relatable to Michigan.  (I’m not talking about the upper-peninsula of Michigan.  That’s basically just Canada’s basement.)  With that being said, I was raised around some pretty phenomenal turns of phrases, or southern sayings, if you will.  I’d love to share some of my favorites with you, so that’s what I’m gonna do!  Readysetgo.

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The CKFiction Dictionary: Creative Cursing – Alternative Curse-Nasties

Sometimes you really need to get a point across and normal vocabulary just doesn’t seem to cut it.  Sometimes, you want to pack a little extra punch with your delivery and unload with some four-letter favorites, but then other times you don’t want to disappoint your mother or be compared to some salty sailing sea dog.  Sometimes there are small children around and you don’t want to be accused of tainting their virgin ears.  Sure, sometimes those small children are even yours and you don’t want your wife to blame you for setting a bad example.

That’s where this list will come in handy.  Simply plug in my top tried and true cuss word alternatives, and you’ll be sounding like a huge cheeseball in no time! Continue reading

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The CKFiction Dictionary: My Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves

The last post in this series focused on all the best words.  This time, we’re going to shift and go in the opposite direction.  As somewhat of a wordsmith, there are terms and phrases that I hear on a daily basis that drive me mad.  We all know the standard cliches.  This post is about to be one of them.  But I’m going to focus more on commonly misused words or sayings.  Here’s what I have in mind: Continue reading

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The CKFiction Dictionary – All the Best Words

 

As a writer, I like to challenge myself when it comes to my vocabulary.  It’s fun to discover new words, or simply introduce under-utilized words whenever possible.  In addition to that, I’m a total hillbilly, and I was raised around some of the best sayings you could ever imagine.  I’d like to take a few minutes and share some personal favorites with you, just so we can all enjoy the wonder of these splendid words!  Let’s begin, shall we?

My top 25 best words on the face of the earth: Continue reading

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