Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Gym Philosophising

'Ever come here, Tuesday?'
'No, why?'
'You should come, Tuesday. There's a Roman Centurion. He's...'
'I've seen him in town, showing the kids around.'
'He doesn't wear much, does he?'
'I changed groups. I was with the fat centurion, but when I saw him I changed groups.'
'He does weights. I look at him doing the weights...'
'Yeah. Me too. Didn't look at the Roman stuff - was too busy looking at him.'
'What do they chant? Do you hear them?'
'Something in Latin, isn't it?'
'That Roman Centurion, though. You should go on a Tuesday.'
'All he wears is that loin cloth...'
'And some armour.'
'Not that he notices me.'
'That's coz you're married, see Lind.'
'Yeah.'
'No one whistles at me any more neither.'
'They must know you're married.'
'Yeah, that must be it.'
'Can't jump as much now, either.'
'Getting old.'
'Yeah, I suppose.'

Style Tip
Independent clauses should not be joined with a comma.
If two or more grammatically complete sentences are not joined by a conjunction then a semicolon should be used. Alternatively the two clauses could be either made into two complete sentences separated by a period (full-stop) or joined by a comma and then a conjunction.

e.g. Dr Grump frequently overhears conversation at the gym; sometimes she attempts to find an empathy that really isn't there, and this saddens her and further increases her sense of isolation.

New Word

lascivious = feeling or revealing overt and often offensive sexual desire.

7 Comments:

OpenID Petrona said...

I think "train [commuter faction] philosophising" is similar-- very sad, and strangely disconnected from anything I've experienced.

Wed Feb 06, 09:28:00 pm  
Anonymous crimeficreader said...

I am loving this series mixing style tips and "new word"!

Wed Feb 06, 10:37:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare. said...

Petrona: Yes, 'disconnected' is right!

Thanks CFR - I think it might end soon. The latest book, though quite incredible, generated no new words whatever...

Thu Feb 07, 12:09:00 am  
Blogger wyndskald said...

This new confessional style
of yours is rather endearing. Is the good Dr contactable? (e-mail preferred).

Thu Feb 07, 01:45:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare said...

Wyndskald: a.grump@urm.ac.uk :-)

...or you could try looking at my profile (the link is below my picture in top RH corner. I won't write it here in case of encouraging spam).

Thu Feb 07, 02:14:00 pm  
Blogger B said...

Hello! I think I met you in Waterstones in Chester last weekend :) Hope you don't mind me dropping in to say hi :)

Thu Feb 07, 09:46:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare. said...

Helllo b. No, of course I don't mins. It was nice to meet you.

Fri Feb 08, 05:31:00 am  

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