Saturday, July 14, 2007

Lay vs. Lie

We never really thought about it in this context before, but at a Romance Writers of America conference in Dallas, the proper use of lay and lie did, um, come up:
At the sexy grammar session, giggles to guffaws broke out as passages were read from love scenes that weren't so good. Presenters explained that a love scene should be used to reveal more about the characters and move the plot forward, and definitely shouldn't be awkward. During the question-and-answer period, conversations ranged from the correct usages of "lay" and "lie" to where to find creative euphemisms that could be used as a scene heats up.

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