word order

Belben, Philip (Energy Wholesale) Philip.Belben at eon-uk.com
Wed Apr 13 04:14:46 EDT 2005

Minnow wrote:

> BTW, obDWJ and getting this back where I think it started, word order in
> English and in particular the order in which adjectives ought to happen,
> DWJ points out that it can be very effective as an attention-grabber if
> one deliberately uses adjectives in an unfamiliar order and makes the
> reader go "eh?" occasionally.  She says she does it on purpose
> sometimes, but I haven't found any examples on a quick skim.

I must admit I can't think of any examples.  I've just re-read Homeward Bounders and I still can't remember whether Jamie describes his new suit as "a nice bright dark red" or "a nice dark bright red".  But I've always liked the oxymoronic juxtaposition of adjectives there, like the "bright black ring" around the bathtub in (?) the girls' bathroom in TotG.


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