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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Olax » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:05 pm

Papa Smurf. (In most translations known as the Grand Smurf, or something similar.)
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:08 pm

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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:16 am

A certain quote from Snow Crash. Couldn't find it, even though I downloaded an English copy off the internet. Didn't really need it. Wasted hours.

A synonym for "to lock a lock". Haven't found anything sensible.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby smiley_cow » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:17 am

'To secure a lock'?
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:25 am

Can one say this for locks on doors?
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby smiley_cow » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:27 am

It's not as common, but it makes sense. You can also just say 'to lock a door' if that fits.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:32 am

That would give me a duplicate again, of the door being closed and the door being locked. But I just got an idea: the key is being turned in the lock. (It's about the sound.)
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Oldrac the Chitinous » Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:58 am

You can bolt a door, if it's got a deadbolt on it. Depending on how flexible you want to be with the key bit.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:29 am

Ah, bolting ... that works even better than locking, thanks :) .
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby carbonstealer » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:33 am

OR you could go intricate, the lockinf mechanism clicking over that sort of business.

I utilised some of my anatomy study, which may count as research kind of
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:01 pm

Next up: Researching the difference between scuff, scuffle and shuffle. Dictionaries claim they all mean schlurfen.

<Must not get distracted by this minor thing and spend hours googling and wikiing.>

I'll just pick one randomly, and if you all don't understand my story because of this, then that's too bad.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby carbonstealer » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:20 pm

scuff - is brushing against something, you can scuff your shoe against a wall

scuffle - is usual a disturbance, like a fight but on a small scale. Think of two people trying to grab a stapler off each other, that would be a scuffle

shuffle - either walking without removing your feet from the ground (so just using small, quick slides with each foot to get forwards) or mixing something up. You shuffle a playlist so you don't have to listen to all the artists at once, or shuffle a deck of playing cards before dealing
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:28 pm

carbonstealer wrote:scuffle - is usual a disturbance, like a fight but on a small scale. Think of two people trying to grab a stapler off each other, that would be a scuffle

What, that doesn't mean schlurfen at all :shock: Them lying dictionaries!

shuffle - either walking without removing your feet from the ground (so just using small, quick slides with each foot to get forwards)

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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:32 pm

Now: slate computers. Do people think of it as a generic term or as a product of a certain brand. (The former. Which is good for my story.)
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Edminster » Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:42 pm

Depends on the part of the world, I guess, as I have only ever heard them called Tablet PCs. And it's definitely a generic term, although as always with Apple products it's always called an iPad and never a tablet/slate/whathaveyou.
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