Bile Assaults: is bile really that bad?

Yes, we need to keep bile and all of our bodily fluids in their proper place, where they belong, off the page and out of our speech. ..  This takes intestinal fortitude.  To the ramparts! A worthy cause–MJL

Delight Through Logical Misery

Something had me thinking about bile recently. I can’t be sure what it was and I wouldn’t want to date this blog post by relating it to any recent news events to take a guess. It seems to me that it has something of an unfair reputation. Bile that is. Obviously.  In language and to describe language, bile is often used to represent speech displaying a certain level of anger or peevishness.  “She spoke with great bile about the supposed comedian Paddy McGuinness” one might say, or “the very thought of the supposed theories of Susan Greenfield makes neuroscientists speak with bile in their voices.” Even gall. one of the other names for bile has been used in this fashion. Gall is used as a verb to represent the act of irritation and as a noun to indicate a bitterness of spirit or a sort of brazen insolence…

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About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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