Word of the Day: Maslin

Word of the Day: Maslin

In this series, I will take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and craft a short piece of creative writing around it.  My goal is to embrace the meaning of the word in some unique way, all the while trying out different styles, rhythms and characterizations.  It is as much an exercise in creativity as it is an exploration of grammar. Enjoy!

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By Alex Seise

She spoke with a strong British accent, though his New York roots prevented him from classifying the dialect further. Northern, Scouse or Cockney? Or perhaps from the Midlands? He couldn’t be sure. But his ear caught on every distinct English pronunciation and let the speech linger in his cochlea a moment before sending it up to his brain for processing. He admired it at face value.

“Oy, right, then. Take the maslin of the kippers ‘n the mash, then wollop it in your bowl like a bloody ponchin’ bag,” she said, slamming her fist into the gooey mess of fish and potatoes. “You’re makin’ a dough, not the Queen’s acquaintance. Easy dosn’t do it, not ‘ere at least.”

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