As I was surfing through the blogroll this morning, I came across a buddy who'd posted some of their WIP. I thought it was pretty good with one minor wrinkle and said so. Another commenter took one word and spent his only paragraph expounding on how it was used wrong. The word? Cement.
The line went something like 'he dropped his knife on the cement'. Yeah, yeah, the stuff is actually concrete. Not everyone knows that. Not everyone cares. A teenage girl (the MC and POV character) wouldn't have known the difference and she wouldn't have cared to make the distinction in her head. The writer, while being less than true to the concrete industry, was being absolutely true to her character. Which is what we're supposed to do. And the commenter? I think he needs to chillax.
Of course, cement could've been his pet peeve word. We all have them. I can't think of mine right now, but I know it when I see it and it irritates the crap out of me. (Oh, wait, I just remembered... I hate Hate hate MYBAD.) What's yours?
And what do you think is more important - using the word right for its definition or using the right word for the character's POV?
Now, for more pics...