Once in a while, a word comes along that really jars you out of the read. I was really into this current novel that I am reading…when I read the following sentence.
What? Googled? That was my first thought and that just shows you how dominate that word has become in my mindset. It was a short sentence to say the least, so no need to reread it. I had to go back and read the sentence before this one to get context and then jog the old brain cells.
Ah yes..goggled…goggles…eye glasses…expression archaic meaning more than likely… she stare wide-eyed. Or, she stared with a wide-eyed look of surprise. Or, her eyes bulged with surprise…either way this character was surprised at something.
Okay, I thought, that word probably was in common usage when this story takes place…let it go and get back into the story…but another chapter later, and again, this character goggles, goggled, and goggled again. A very short concise way of expressing her astonishment, which I think used once would have sufficed, and the other times, well, perhaps there were a few other word choices available to this particular author. It very well may be the correct usage for the word, but when it jars the reader out of the story on to the internet to google the meaning of goggle…you’ve broken that magic bridge and sent the reader crashing back to reality.
I had to fight Google to get the current meaning of goggle, as Google dominates the web searches for more than 25 pages. I don’t give up easily! So I Googled, goggle meaning of, and finally had some success. It was indeed what I thought it meant.
Curious choice of a word and if you are now seeing smoke? Well, that is my spell checker who now has goggled at this post to the point of exasperation!
Have you come across odd words lately in your reads?