July 21st, 2005


What do you call it when you purloin a letter?

All right, this has been driving me absolutely batty for a long, long time. Twice in my writing I've need to know this, but have been unable to think of the appropriate term. The time has come to end the silence and seek help.

There is a term, something like "double think" or "second guess", I believe, but I am pretty sure it's not either of those. It refers to the act of getting into an opponent's head and imagining what they're thinking, then opting for the obvious choice that's so simple, they'll never think you'd try it.

That made no sense.

Classic example: the purloined letter. Since the obvious places are the first places someone would look for something, they're also, by proxy, the LAST places the searcher would think that the hider would hide something. So the hider, knowing this, elects to hide the object in plain sight.

Another, perhaps simpler one, from my own story: two people are on the run. They hide out in a particular house for a period of time, are discovered, and escape. They move around to a few different places, each time just a few steps ahead of their pursuers. After a while they consider returning to the first house, because it's such an obvious hiding place, nobody would think to look there.

Am I on something? Or is there a term, somewhere, that refers to this line of thinking specifically?
minerva mcgonagall

Traditional British Sunday Dinner?

Hello all! I have three questions today.

1. What does a traditional British Sunday dinner consist of? I'm thinking the full Sunday-after-mass thing here.
2. Is it expected to be followed or led by drinks? What kind of drinks (alcohol, coffee, tea, a choice)?
3. I know this is a rather silly question, but what is the definition of tea, supper, and dinner in the traditional British setting? Can the meanings be used in place of another?

Thanks you very much in advance. =)



I have a female character who is experiencing a grand mal seizure induced by some sort of amphetamine. As I understand it, when you have a grand mal seizure you lose consciousness and your body starts to jerk violently before you pass out and go into a deep sleep, but that's not what I'm asking about.

The female character's boyfriend enters her apartment to find her like this. He is a doctor. So what I'm asking is, what would he, as a doctor, know to do with someone who is unconscious and apparently having a seizure? Is there a procedure, or does he just wait with her in the time that it takes an ambulance to arrive?

It seems like there's something, but I have no idea so I figured I'd ask you nice people in case any of you did.
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Addressing Japanese Military Marshal.

Hey guys and gals. Anyone familiar with [Japanese] military, this one is for you.

Wikipedia.com says (for Japanese military ranks): Marshals or Gensui - an honorific given by the Emperor of Japan to some generals for their sterling service. This works for my story. My question is, how would a soldier properly address my character that is a Marshal? Just 'Gensui'? Gensui Nobunaga (his surname)? Any help and corrections are more than appreciated, thank you!
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