Book: The Bakery Girls by Florence Ditlowcategories: Book, Women's History, Baking, Romance, Central Pennsylvania, Food, World War II, Humor, Survival Story, Coming of Age, Historical Fiction
Florence Ditlowabout this book: The language spoken in my novel is antique, that is every word was in common usage prior to 1945. The novel is entitled "The Bakery Girls" because the word girl in this period could refer to any female. I carefully narrated the story as though it were told as it happened, from 1907 to 1945. "Chicks"- were unheard of in 1945, for instance.
Women's language was a giant vehicle I used to place my reader "back then" when women were demeaned by employers, shut out of the voting booth and stood in awe of movie stars.
Slang reflected trends in our culture and brought clothing, music and politics to a place of acceptance. Even regional accents flavor my words because as the characters traveled the world, they demanded a certain stamp of believability.
My research produced this gem: Originally, the term "lady" denoted 'kneader of bread.' It comes from the Old Engish hlaefdige from which we derived 'loaf and dough.' Lady came as a provider of bread- someone in a position of household authority.
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