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2.2.6 Familiar words in unfamiliar places

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Where have you noticed ordinary words used in interesting or surprising places?

The sea fog began to lift towards noon. It had been blowing in, thin and loose, for two days, smudging the tops of the trees up the ravine where the house stood.

(Pritchett, V. S., 1980, p. 3)

In this passage, the writer V.S. Pritchett is describing fog in an unfamiliar and unexpected way – but does so using ‘ordinary’ words to create a fresh and imaginative picture.

Try describing something familiar with one or two ordinary words that you wouldn’t normally use in that context.