No Insult To Italy

You know how you’ll hear a particular phrase or expression your whole life, but never see it in writing? Yeah. Well. I tried to be cute and incorporated one of these sorts of things into a bit of dialogue in HOME TO STAY. And I missed it by a nautical mile.

The term I used is criminitly, which I now know how to spell. It isn’t really a word, but a Midwestern expression of shock or surprise. Basically, it’s like something Yosemite Sam would have said. A bit of gibberish.

Here’s the thing. I grew up in a predominantly Italian town. (Though I am not even a smidge Italian.) I thought that the people around me were saying crime in Italy, but dropping the a in Italy when they said it. Because that’s how I heard it, that’s how I spelled it.

Wrong wrong wrong. Which, again, I know now. And I should have known before. But I can get stuck on something and I’m very stubborn. (Ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you. Especially if they’re related to me.) So in the end, I made a mistake, and that mistake is pulling readers out of my story.

Which is like the number one thing I writer does NOT want to do. So this is my major mea culpa. I shouldn’t have used the expression, and definitely should have done my homework when I did. This in no way should reflect on the editing my book received. Trust me, there were several copyedit and proofing passes and though I can’t say for sure, I’m positive that they either a) tried to correct it and I insisted it stay or b) they assumed it was some expression they’d never heard and that I knew what I was talking about.

Ha! I wish I did.

For those who have yet to read the book, I’ll warn you now. This is going to pull you out of the story. It will make you shake your head and maybe even say “What the…”

I apologize now. And I meant no disrespect to Italy. I’m sure there is no more crime there than anywhere else. 

8 thoughts on “No Insult To Italy”

  1. Sharlene Wegner says:

    Oh, Terri! Funny! How many times did you use that word?

    1. Terri says:

      Just the once, thank goodness. But that was one too many times.

      1. Sharlene Wegner says:

        I will be on the look- out! Have a great week,Terri!

  2. Shannon says:

    I have read the book and must have missed it or like most I have never really thought about how to spell it and assumed it was correct. Great book, I look forward to reading the other 2 stories in this series!

    1. Terri says:

      Thank you, Shannon. Believe it or not, this whole thing kept me up the other night and I needed some way to explain. After posting this blog, I feel better about it. 🙂

      Very happy to hear you loved the book!

  3. Brenda K says:

    Hi Terri,

    I read the first and second books in this series and loved them. I wondered if there was going to be a third one. When I saw the title Home To Stay as I was searching for another book to read, I was so excited.

    Thank you.

    1. Terri says:

      Hello, Brenda! Thank you for reading my books and coming over to leave a comment. Yes, there is the third book officially out May 1 and then a fourth and final in the series later this year. I’m hoping that one – titled MORE TO GIVE – will be up for preorder soon.

      1. Brenda K says:

        Terri, it is great to hear that there will be a fourth and final book. I will definitely be looking out for it.

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