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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 09:01 pm
I'm reading "Nocturnes" by John Connolly. In one of the short stories, the character writes, "Well, I found that a little rum, I have to admit, even in my weakened state".

What does 'rum' mean in this context?
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Probably "odd". Or it could be "dangerous", as in "he was a rum customer" (a dangerous guy).
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
I get the feeling from surrounding story, that he might have meant "bold", but I want to be sure.
Basically, a man shows up on his property, unannounced. After that sentence, he goes on to say, "I'm not a man who is used to being addressed in such a way by complete strangers".
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
ironically, my friend whose post directly follows this (on my Friends page) arrived home this evening to find a stranger standing on her front lawn with binoculars...
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
Yipes! I hope there was a good explanation for it.
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
He believed the person in question to be made of a small amount of fermented and distilled sugar cane. ;-)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
::slaps forehead::

Why didn't I think of that? It makes perfect sense!
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Of course this is the correct answer
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Of course!
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
Mojosmom is right. You can always check here.
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I liked the one about 'getting a cricket ball in the rude bits'... ;)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
I liked rusty bullet hole and rusty sheriff's badge
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
I figured mojosmom was right - she's a smart cookie.

Thanks for the link! That's going in to my "favorites". :)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Well, the equivalent Irishism would be a "rum do" which I see means "An event that is disreputable or strange".
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
The more I thought about it after I posted, the more I wondered if it wasn't an Irishism. Apparently, the author lives in Dublin! :)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
I could not get past the first two short stories in this book. Urgh...
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
I like horror and psychological thrillers, so I like these bits of Connolly's writing. I loved his "The Book of Lost Things", which made me pick up "Nocturnes", but I haven't read any of his crime novels which, I understand, are what he's best known for.

There's an article I recently read that likened one of the stories In "Nocturnes" (The Cancer Cowboy) to mid-career Stephen King, "but more gracefully written". The funny thing is, before I read the article, I had thought there was a King-ish flavor to the story. As for graceful - it's true that Connolly's writing is beautifully wrought, but there's something to be said for King's blunt use of words.
Edited 2/19/09 12:32 pm (UTC)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
The Cancer Cowboy was vile. ack! I guess I was hoping for more atmospheric stuff.
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
One woman's vile is another woman's entertainment. :D
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Weird, odd, out of place, with (for me) an undertone of suspicious.

feels smug that she knows this despite being a non-native english speaker
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
I know I'm impressed. I can barely remember my own language's vocabularly, let alone a colloquialism from another's.
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
What can I say, I'm a nerd :)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Nerds rock!