Monday, October 4, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 46


words and phrases that are added to shade a scene to a particular setting, literally to add color. So if it's about to rain and the work is set in Palermo, the tour guide could look up and use the Scicilian expression for it's about to rain. Fra dopo poco gli santi pisceranno, thus adding local color to the scene. One does not even need to translate. Colori could also be touches in dress or aromas. The more sensual, the more effective.

Edward C. Patterson

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