B is for Bold
This is one of those words that make me think that whatever language it is I speak, it’s certainly not the English the rest of the world uses.
In Ireland, bold is naughty, bad, deserving of punishment. If a child is naughty, we say “stop being bold!” and to be called bold when you’re a bit of a spanko, well it’s just spine-tinglingly delicious, especially when it's followed up with something along the lines of "I'm gonna smack your bum so hard you won't sit for a week". Spanking is a word we don’t use much either. Some do but mostly it’s smack. I could almost do an Irish spanking dictionary. And at times, I have to be really careful not to use these words in my writing, or everyone would be sitting at their kindle, eyes crossed eyebrows raised and a totally puzzled look on their face wondering why someone should be punished for being brave, or imaginative or all of the other good things that bold generally means.
I think it’s fair to say that all of my heroines to date are bold, both in the Irish sense of the word and the general sense of the world. They’re all brave, feisty and independent. Unfortunately, sometimes that will make them do their own thing, deal with things in their own way, or be bold. But in many ways, I’m all for that.
Ange, from Exile to Unity is bold in the Irish sense of the word here, in that her language and her resentfulness are somewhat extreme:
“Who elected you head?” Ange rounded on Jim as soon as the visitors were out of earshot. “You know I’m not willing to be your sub anywhere but the bedroom.”
Jim gave her a sheepish look. “Sorry, love. It just seemed like the right thing to say at the time.”
“Fuck you,” Ange muttered under her breath.
But she was also bold as in brave many times too, never more so than by taking the court-case for unfair dismissal. That cost her everything, her job, her dignity and damn near her marriage.
Here is what dictionary.com defines bold as: generally not punishable offenses!
adjective, bold·er, bold·est.
not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero.
not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent: He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.
necessitating courage and daring; challenging: a bold adventure.
beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative: Einstein was a bold mathematician. a difficult problem needing a bold answer.
striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy: a bold pattern.
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