Monday, August 13, 2012

STOP THE PRESSES!

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STOP THE PRESSES!

I've always wanted to say that.

And this is sort of serious, too. I might have alienated a whole country.

A WHOLE COUNTRY!

Here's what happened:

My book, Givin' Up The Ghost, is done except for some final edits. Okay final, final, final edits, but it's pretty much done. Two years in the making. Some of you are already familiar with it, but basically, my MC is an American girl living in England.

Photo by Gwen Gardner
Now, we do speak the same language, I mean, it's our mother tongue, right? But sometimes, not so much. Over there, "knocking up" means to go visit someone, not making someone pregnant. The "loo" is the bathroom. A "torch" is a flashlight.

And then they have signs like the one on the right. I couldn't help myself, I had to take the picture. As far as I know, we don't have anything like that here in the United States.

But do you see what I mean? You'd think we were speaking the same language.

I was doing some research the other day, just trying to look up British slang words that people might use in England. You know, like "arse" and "bloody hell." And what did I find?! One of my characters name was another word for "vagina" or "female genitals."

What?!

Photo by Gwen Gardner
Of course I had to consult an expert on this, so I emailed Claire Hennessy from the blog Crazy California Claire, who is British - I mean she owns her own red phone box (like the one at the left), so you don't get more British than that. She was able to confirm my research results, and added that in the UK, the offensive word (rhymes with Canny and is another word for rear end in the US) was actually quite rude!

I'm so glad I didn't publish the book yet, because I do plan to release it on Amazon UK as well as Amazon US.  I would have hated offending anyone and getting banned from Amazon UK as well as a country that I love!

I will have to rename the character, which shouldn't be too bad - just "find" and "replace."

But here's the sort of funny part - the character is a nineteenth century ghost madam who owned her own brothel in life! I find that hilarious.


Has anything like this ever happened to you?

25 comments:

  1. It would've fit! But yeah, good thing you caught that...

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    1. Alex, it does inadvertently fit in the U.S., LOL!

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  2. Comedic irony, but might have been distracting to your readers across the pond.

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    1. Julie, it would have been very distracting to our cousins across the pond. It might have earned some bad reviews for vulgarness as well:)

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  3. Definitely a timely catch. No telling what ripple effects could have come from, what would have been, a simple misunderstanding.

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    1. Angela, yeah, ripples coming from across the pond - could have been a tsunami by the time it got here, lol!

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  4. Hmmm, maybe there is a reason you named her that... But no sense in creating unnecessary enemies, I suppose. ;-)

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    1. Linda, definitely not into creating enemies. I just thought it was sort of a cute name that fit the character's personality.

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  5. If I think you thinking of the name 'Fanny' then I must point out it is a proper name in this country though over the years it has been made into a slang word like Gay once meant happy. My mother in law was called 'Violet Fanny' but always wanted to be known as Vi. The name Fanny, is a diminutives of Frances and was used regulary as an indenpendent name from the end of the 17th century until the early part of the 20th Century when it became a slang word. The Famous bears of the name Fanny include Fanny Hill the heroine of John Cleland novel, and a 19th cen' murder victim, Fanny Adams. We had a TV cook called 'Fanny Cradock' whose TV cooking shows started in 1955 and until her career finish in 1990's.

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    1. Paula, wow, I hadn't realized there were so many Fanny's! But I think I will have to change my character's name to Franny, or something like that:)

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    2. Also, there's Aunt Fanny in Enid Blyton's Famous Five series!

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  6. Oh wow. I guess it's good you found it although it might be considered, ahem, appropriate. Quite a coincidence. I'm glad I don't have any books set in my non-native country.

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  7. Nice article, thanks for the information.

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  8. Well, I don't think they would've banned you. :) But it is good to check these sorts of things out before publishing.

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  9. That's too funny! Congrats on being (almost) done with your revisions though! I hope you can come up with a good name for your character--that's always a trick sometimes!

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