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Words for Women Writing Memoir, #14

by Matilda Butler on January 14, 2012

catnav-rosies-daughters-activePost #27– Women’s Memoirs, Rosie the Riveter – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

Memoir Writers, Storytellers and Journalers: Another Word from World War II

Here’s the 14th word on our list that can first be attributed to the period of World War II between 1940 and 1945. While air freight had been used as early as 1919 (Times 16 July 12/4 A Zeppelin freight and passenger service between New York and Hamburg will be started on October 18. The tentative price of $91 per ton was set as the rate for trans-ocean air freight.), the term evolved into use as a verb during WWII. Today, we quickly turn nouns and proper nouns into verbs. For example, I’ve been known to say, “I googled that question.”

When writing memoir, make sure your words will be clear in 10 or 20 or 50 or 100 years. Recently, I mentioned, “When I was a child, I used to play with Billie who lived kitty-corner from me.” My son looked at me with a blank stare. “What is [click to continue…]

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