Tuesday’s Word

 

Rom
Noun
A Gypsy, especially a Gypsy man or boy

I read a lot of historical romance, and occasionally, the Rom are mentioned or are involved in a story.  There’s often an air of mystery or legend or magic around the Rom in the stories I’ve found them in.  The most recent reference to the Rom I’ve read is in Paul F. Wilson’s The Keep.

“The Rom are an authoritarian’s nightmare. And because of that, they too will be eliminated. They are free spirits, drawn to crowds and laughter and idleness. The fascist mentality cannot tolerate their sort; their place of birth was the square of dirt that happened to lie under their parents’ wagon on the moment of their first breath; they have no permanent address, no permanent place of employment. And they don’t even use one name with any reliable frequency, for they have three: a public name for the gadjé, another for use among their tribe members, and a secret one whispered in their ear at birth by their mother to confuse the Devil, should he come for them. To the fascist mind they are an abomination.” -kindle location 2348-53

In fiction, the Rom add color, complication, magic, whimsy & culture.  They are sometimes portrayed as selfish, sometimes kind, always industrious and creative.  Sometimes they teach a moral lesson.  Sometimes the villain cannot possibly be foiled without their help.  I love the fun new challenes and the chaos that can ensue when the Rom appear in a story and am even guilty of plopping them into a story or two of my own.

What fun word or words have you used in your writing recently?

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About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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