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Writer's Block: Available: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with hot and cold running chills - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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Writer's Block: Available: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with hot and cold running chills
Would you live in the perfect house or apartment rent-free if you found out a brutal murder had taken place there and it was rumored to be haunted? Why or why not?

Silly bloody question. (And the word is 'rumoured', by the way.)

Why wouldn't one? Outside of North America or the Antipodes, any building of moderate antiquity will likely have seen a few unpleasant incidents. As for hauntings, that's all balls.



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sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: April 21st, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
In New York, people read obituaries looking for rent regulated apartments, and have been known to haunt crimes scenes asking if the victim's two-bedroom is available.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 21st, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hayek and von Mises have thoughts on that.

As did the writers of Casablanca: 'Vultures, vultures everywhere'....
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: April 22nd, 2011 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)

On the Other Hand--

Has the brutal murder been solved, or does a dangerous lunatic have keys? Will you have investigators tearing things up/down every other day, leaving great gaping holes in the walls? Will paparazzi be climbing in the windows?

Are there rotting corpses in crawlspaces? Has a professional crime scene cleanup crew been hired, and who has to pay them?

If someone was left to bleed out in the bathtub, you'd never get rid of the smell unless you replaced all the plumbing. Same thing with bloodstains on the floor; they always seep through to the subflooring.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 23rd, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well.

After a century or two...
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: April 23rd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well.

That's the trouble with being such a young country...
fpb From: fpb Date: April 22nd, 2011 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
My answer would be: yes, and I'd have guided tours and charge money.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 23rd, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not a bad idea.

So long as you don't turn into that bugger, Bath. Bloody Thynnes.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: April 22nd, 2011 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
(And the word is 'rumoured', by the way.)

If you're British/Australian (and possibly Canadian, too?), yes. If the OP is American, not necessarily. :)

I hear you on that, though. I learned/learnt British spelling at school and kept at it through university, but when I started writing fanfiction in American fandoms, I deliberately switched to mostly US spelling, simply to avoid the almost inevitable complaints. *hides*

(However, there are some things, like double consonants in gerunds for example, that I can't bring myself to lose ...)
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: April 22nd, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Double consonants in gerunds is the rule here, too. Some of my countrymen don't seem to have a native language.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: April 22nd, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well ... guess I've seen things like "kidnaping" instead of "kidnapping" (OTOH example) once too often. :)

And yeah, being ESL (admittedly with the *ahem* 'advantage' of a teaching degree in English) I'm frequently surprised, shocked and appalled at how native speakers manage to mangle the English language. My teachers at school would've had me hanged, drawn and quartered if I'd made half of the most frequent mistakes!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 23rd, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

And quite right, too.

Shockin'.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: April 23rd, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: And quite right, too.

LOL. Good to know we're apparently on the same page!
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: April 25th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Naturally. And in the unlikely event that the haunting wasn't balls, I know where I could get an exorcist...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 25th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, yes.

There is that.
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