We all have our bug-a-boos, or things that will stop us from reading a story. For me, it’s certain words related to horses. I’ll own that I might be a little sensitive when it comes to my favorite animal. However, I’m jerked out of a story when it’s clear that the author is attempting to write something about which they haven’t a clue and haven’t bothered to research. It offends me, especially when online dictionaries are so easy to use.
Disclaimer: I have no issue with the writer who makes a simple mistake or one whose computer does auto correct. My smart phone is capable of making me look not very smart!
These 3 Little Words
These pink lines highlight this horse’s reins which run from his bit (in the horse’s mouth) to the rider’s hands and are used to control the horse’s direction and speed. There are two, one on each side.
The Other Words
Certainly all of these words could be included in a story about a king who rode his horse in foul weather, but not so much when we are only speaking of a piece of horse equipment.
Other uses of REIN
In case you think I’m making a lame attempt at being funny, I haven’t made this up. I have come across the words reign and rain used referring to horse’s reins more than once.
Rein can be used as a verb when you are turning or slowing your horse. He reined the horse to the left or he reined in his horse to slow his speed. It’s a strong verb to replace turn or check.
Reining is also an exciting equestrian sport. Rather than try to explain it to you, I’ve included a video of the competition at the end of my post today. Reining horses are exciting to watch.
What About You?
Do you have a bug-a-boo? What tops your list for things that jerk you out of a story?
Barbara Ellin Fox