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What Did We Mean by That? – by KM Rockwood…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Writers Who Kill:

“One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know.” Groucho Marx was clever at turning ambiguities in the English language into jokes.

The humor comes from his interpretation of the sentence in an unexpected, but certainly grammatically supported, manner.

Sometimes the meanings of such sentences are not quite so clear.

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Flame-Bladed Swords

Nicholas C. Rossis

Fantasy often sports unusual weapons like the flame-bladed sword:

Flame-bladed sword | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Source: Quora

But how historically accurate are they? Were these actually ever used in battle? And if so, why? Murphy Barrett has the answer in Quora!

Why a Flamberge?

A flame-bladed sword – aka flamberge – would certainly be effective in real combat. But would they have been more effective than a non-flame-bladed sword?

Period sources don’t suggest so. But neither do they suggest they’d be less effective. Nor does any source seem to treat them any differently than a regular sword.

So, why did people use them?


Let’s start with why people might not use them.

In an actual fight, most users would have probably switched to a shorter, more manageable despatching-blade, while using the wavy sword to threaten with. You certainly wouldn’t want to plunge such a sword through someone’s abdomen. Cleaning the blade afterward would be a…

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Yard – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

She was working at her desk when he came in and told her there was something she needed to see out back in the yard. Irritated at being interrupted but also curious, she followed him to the backyard.

She stood on the deck and stared in shock at all of the pots of flowers arranged in the yard, spelling out “Marry Me”. Beside her, he dropped to his knee and held out a ring. With tears in her eyes, she turned to him and nodded, speechless but smiling.


This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “yard”: