Thursday, March 17, 2022

Great Scott!


   Where did the saying "Great Scott!" come from? This familiar old inoffensive exclamation, was popular in the second half of the 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Possibly a substitution for Great G-d, the phrase was also resurrected in 1985 by Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown character in the first Back to the Future movie. 

    In 1971 the largest lunar sample brought back to earth was named Great Scott after the mission commander David Scott. But where did the term originate?

     Historically, the phrase is generally associated with two specific "Scotts": Scottish author Sir Walter Scott and, US general Winfield Scott, also known as Old Fuss and Feathers.

    An explicit connection of Sir Walter Scott's name is found in a poem published 15 August 1871, on the 100th anniversary of Scott's birth:

Whose wild free charms, he chanted forth Great Scott! When shall we see thy like again? Great Scott!


   Apparently Mark Twain held Sir Walter in distain as indicated by his repeated use of the phrase in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889). And in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), where he names a sinking boat the Walter Scott.

   The phrase also appears in a 3 May1864 diary entry by Private Robert Knox Sneden (Eye of the Storm: a Civil War Odyssey)"Great Scott," who would have thought that this would be the destiny of the Union Volunteer in 1861.

                       General Winfield Scott

    In my next historical romance, my heroine Una McLaren, is a Scottish immigrant. While she doesn’t utter the phase, I think she qualifies as being a Great Scott!


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Great Scott from Back to the Future

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March Giveaway, grab a book to read in the re-immerging sunhine and warmth.

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Fae Warriors book one
(although a trilogy, each book stands alone)

Solace Goodeve, one of Mother Nature’s favorite Fae Warriors, is assigned to Earth to help save the planet. Reptile invaders, disguising themselves as humans, are waging a takeover—and Mother is mad enough to eat asteroids. Solace is ready to prove herself as a warrior, but having a human for a partner is not in her battle plan—even if the man is rugged, ripped, and ready for action. 

Army Ranger, Tanner Jackson, has seen his share of black op missions. The last one took a toll on both body and soul. Tanner isn’t looking for love, even though his new partner is six-foot-tall and drop dead gorgeous. However, after Solace shows him a new meaning to working undercover, he may have to reconsider that possibility.

As the Reps plan to sabotage NOAA, Tanner and Solace must learn to trust one another. But as they're trying to save the world, Solace and Tanner might just lose their hearts—and that takes the most courage of all.
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