Monday, March 7, 2011

Word of the Week - Cheat

First of all, I'd like to say I think about this phrase for my books ONLY. ;-) It recently came up in a manuscript I'd read, where a character says, "He cheated on me." Obviously, we all know what she meant. "Cheat," is in fact the most common way these days to say someone was unfaithful to a spouse or significant other.

But you know what? That phrase wasn't recorded until 1934. So all those historicals that have a character accusing another of cheating . . . well, they must mean at cards, right? ;-)

There have been a few occasions in my own books where I had this situation too, and my gut told me to look up the usage of the word. When I discovered it was so very modern, that obviously forced me to find the alternate ways of saying this. "Be unfaithful to" was a little wordy, but "betray" always worked well.

I know, I know, what a note to start the week on! LOL. But it's one of those surprisingly-modern things, so I thought I'd share. Hope everyone had a great weekend!