Words. They’re Important to Your Readers. Use Them Wisely
Words – Tools writers use to tell a tale. They’re important to readers. Here are some logical groupings of letters you may find helpful when concocting a crime story.
Degeneration – As a postmortem term it’s the deterioration of a body part, such as the decomposition of tissue and organs.
Dentition – The number and kind of teeth, and their arrangement in the mouth. Pertaining to teeth.
Depersonalization – The manner and actions a killer takes to conceal a victim’s identity. Removing the head and hands, for example.
Disarticulation – The separation of two joints, either by surgical or criminal amputation/dismemberment.
Joe Choppemup disarticulated his wife of twenty years and then scattered her remains in a field behind her lover’s home.
Engram – A lasting trace left in the human mind, both conscious and unconscious, by anything a person has experienced phsycally. Like a latent fingerprint, one that’s not readily seen by the naked eye, an engram is latent image that’s stored in the mind.
Eukaryocyte – Simply put … a cell with a nucleus. Eucaryotae cells (eukaryotic cells) have a true nucleus and within contain membrane-bound organelles, such as mitochondria. Eukrayocyte is found in all organisms except bacteria.
Exculpatory Evidence – Evidence that proves a person is innocent of a crime.
Fillicide – The Murdering of one’s own child.
Fratricide – The killing one’s own brother or sister.
Gorilla – Prison term for an extremely tough male who is the aggressor during a sexual act. A giver, not a taker …
Homicide – A homicide is any killing of one person by another, and it can be a legal act in certain circumstances—self-defense or in defense of others, homicide by misfortune (an accident), state or federal executions, etc.
Homicide per infortunium – Accidental homicide where a person performing a legal act without any intention of harm, accidentally kills another. This is a legally excusable homicide. It is not a crime. Sad, heartbreaking, and unfortunate, yes. But not a crime.