When I began the Pickles and Piper Mysteries I wanted them to quote from their favourite books and shows because that’s what my friends and I have always done. Well, except for one friend who has a habit of looking at you and saying, “I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name.” And that was before the brain trauma. 🙂
Anyway, so Pickles and Piper use lines from The Hobbit, Sherlock Holmes, The Big Bang Theory (who doesn’t love Sheldon), and Ghost Busters. If you say something near them, and they like it – they’ll start quoting you too.
A cool thing about the quotes is that whether it’s a character in a book, or a real person, we get to know more about them by the words they use. For example,
A cook will use cooking terms, like: “Now you’re cooking!” or “Your goose is cooked!”
A carpenter might say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, a bad carpenter always blames his tools.” or “You hit the nail on the head.”
When we hear any of these expressions, we know the person either enjoys cooking or carpentry, or they hang out with people who do. Or they watch a lot of cooking and DIY shows! Either way, it gives us a look into their private life without them even knowing.
In the sequel to “The Ghosts of Springhollow,” you’ll see the expression, “Roll a D6.” It’s a gamer’s term for roll a 6 sided dice to see whether you can do something or not.
What are some expression you use a lot that have to do with your hobbies or career?
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