Friday, May 21, 2010

"Oops!" in Context

A single word can say a lot. Take the word "oops." By itself, we know that somewhere a mistake was made. Something happened that the speaker didn't want to have happen.

But add a little context to that single word, and OHHH the meaning that can result. For example, I was cutting my husbands hair last night. "Oops!" What do you think the word says now?

I'm handwashing my finest china. "Oops!" Have a picture in your head?

A doctor in the middle of bypass surgery. "Oops!"

A circus performer on the tightrope. "Oops!"

The possibilities are endless. The word never changes, but give a little context and you hardly need to say anything else. The reader gets it.

Go on . . . share your own "oops" context.

Note: My husband's hair grows fast, so no worries!


Vicki Rocho said...

I love this, but my mind went blank as soon as I tried to come up with something of my own. WIll check back to read what everyone else comes up with though!

Stina said...

ditto. I've had tons of Oops! moments (like when I'm cutting something with a knife), but my mind draws a blank right now. But then, it's only 5:30 am. My brain hasn't quite woken up yet. ;)

Laurel Garver said...

Ha! fun post, and great way to illustrate the "resist the urge to explain" adage I see in writing guides.

BTW, I have a little gift for you on my blog.

Joanne said...

This is such a great tool to use in our writing, definitely! It says so much, and perfectly, that one simple word.

Christine Fonseca said...

great Post...and something to always remember - context of our writing

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

wonderful post!!

I posted a blurb about your blog over on mine today! ;o)

Have a great weekend!

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Elana Johnson said...

Dude, I so do not want to be in the room when a doctor says "Oops." Ever. LOL.

Raquel Byrnes said...

My mom did a similar thing to my son for his first haircut...yikes! The guard fell off and pffft...a reverse mohawk. 0_0

Funny post, following you now...nice to meetcha.

Lola Sharp said...

What Elana said!! I'm thinking I don't want to hear a pilot (flying a plane I'm on) say that either.

I followed you back. Thanks for finding me...nice to make your acquaintance. :)

Happy Weekend,

Lydia Kang said...

Nice! Here's mine.

The tattoo artists peers closer to the emerging design on my back.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha ha! Fun post, Janet! :-)

Have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

When are you going to post on your "Blink... Blink..." Moments?

Sharon K. Mayhew said...


The chocolate bars arrived yesterday. Thanks so much. My daughter and I started eating one of them yesterday...YUM!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Yeah, I'm with Elana on this one. That would be bad news for sure!

Jenny said...

Love this post. Love this post! I can see an entire childrens book with nothing but the word "oops" on each page accompanied by a perfect illustration. Neat!

Anonymous said...

Your husband is graceful to smile after that oops moment.

I never say "oops," but I constantly think of the word or use it in my writing.

Anonymous said...

At my first job as a dental assistant I said 'oops' when I dropped a cotton roll on the floor. Oh, I still see those glaring eyes over the mask of my boss, and the fear in the patient's eyes! Lessoned learned! Fun post!

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Hahaha! So true! I have a lot of oops moment. Too many to try and pick one out, I guess. I'd say oops could probably go on my headstone.

Anonymous said...

Cutting my husband's hair, the day before a wedding. I had the guard off so I could trim around the ears and the back of the neck. I noticed a few hairs I missed on top of his head and without even thinking I had my "OOPS" moment. My husband was real good about his peach fuzz haircut and he didn't have to face the clippers again for several months!

Unknown said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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