Ordinary Words with Extraordinary Impact

LogolepsyThere are some fascinating words in the English language, but sometimes even ordinary words can be used in an unexpected way, and it’s like a snowball hitting you – smack! – in the forehead.  See if you can spot the word that did it in this paragraph:

 

As they both prepared for battle, perfect calm settled on the snow and stirred the trees.  Lazy white clouds crisscrossed overhead.  The serene moment drew out and then curdled to crackling anticipation.

The Preacher’s Lady – Lori Copeland

I don’t know about you, but I had a visceral reaction when I read that the first time.  Curdled.  What a brilliant way to describe the thickening tension!

The Preacher’s Lady releases on 1 March 2016.
You can read my review here.

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