As a writer I have always been fascinated by the use of words and how to interpret them.
From Shakespeare’s ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ to lines from ‘Carry On Cleo’.
They beg the question what is it that ends well leaving us to ponder how was it before? Will we ever find out? With ‘Much Ado’ what was the ‘much’ and why ‘nothing’?
Kenneth William’s ‘Infamy, they’ve got it in for me’ has gone down in history.
Go back to ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ by Oliver Goldsmith and I remember ‘circumbendibus’ one way in which inventions like this could make you seem more in touch with the city. Latin inventions abound as do the odd French phrase.
Then there the weird beginning of ‘Grease’ with Sandy saying to Danny ‘Is this the end?’ Hardly, the audience has only just paid to see the film.
Two films which have memorable endings. ‘Notting Hill’ with Julia Roberts announcing she would stay in London ‘indefinitely’ and the classic ‘Some Like It Hot’ with Jack Lemon being told, ‘Nobody’s Perfect’.
All words which make us remember the story long after we have read the book or seen the film.
Let me leave you with a quote from one of my stories long since abandoned. A grandmother sends her grandson to Rome looking for romance. He takes so that she texts: I’VE BURNED SO MANY CANDLES (in church) THEY’VE TURNED THE CENTRAL HEATING OFF.
My story is no more, but American Writer Alan H. Chin asked if he could use it in one of his novels. Why not? The words life on, but how they are used will be completely different.