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Re: Jello

Postby Jowen » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:51 pm

For a wider audience, I'd use jelly. Jell-o is North American. Jelly is for jelly babies, and that wobbly stuff, a dessert made by boiling fruit and sugar and set with gelatin. Or the wobbly stuff that results from bones boiled for a long time. Jell-o is a brand name of fruit crystals mixed with powdered gelatin.
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Re: Jello

Postby Anya Kylash » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:27 pm

To make it simpler, I just say, "His legs turned to spaghetti and he turned his nose up in the air as everything went black."
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Re: Jello

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Re: Jello

Postby updog » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:28 pm

But this is where Louise's point about dating and locating needs to be considered. If my book was about a Shoshone Indian in the 1700s, I wouldn't want to describe his legs as turning to jell-o or spaghetti. I know some people will say it doesn't matter, since a Native American probably wouldn't have spoken English as a first language anyway, and so it's all translation for a modern audience, but I think it'd be weird.
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Re: Jello

Postby Jowen » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:52 pm

[quote="updog"]But this is where Louise's point about dating and locating needs to be considered. If my book was about a Shoshone Indian in the 1700s, I wouldn't want to describe his legs as turning to jell-o or spaghetti. I know some people will say it doesn't matter, since a Native American probably wouldn't have spoken English as a first language anyway, and so it's all translation for a modern audience, but I think it'd be weird.[/quote

Well, yes, we have to presume the author has done his homework with regards to historical and cultural relevance.
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Re: Jello

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