A few of us were travelling together. A young man, who didn’t look very intelligent, spoke to the man next to him for a few moments, then he went and sat down. Two hours later I met him again; he was with a friend and was discussing clothing matters.
(Litotes from Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau)
Well, I have to admit that the title of this particular entry by Queneau had me baffled. I always prided myself on my vocabulary, English included, but litotes was not a word I’ve ever came across before and the entry was not giving me any genuine clue (although with hindsight the first sentence is a clue). I had to resort to the dictionary:
ironic understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary (e.g. I shan't be sorry for I shall be glad).
So there you are. And here’s my effort:
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
I wouldn’t call today a boring day… It was positively interesting. Can’t complain, really.
I got up, had breakfast, worked at the computer. For variety on a working day that’s not bad.
The lunch was nothing out of the ordinary: just a creative combination of some leftovers, but quite delicious.
The weather? Mustn’t grumble. It was positively balmy. You could almost see the sun… if it wasn’t for the thick layer of clouds.
Over to you. 🙂
(In my opinion, this one was surprisingly difficult!)
Just a reminder that you can join in this writing challenge, based on Exercises in Style by French author Raymond Queneau, by writing an entry (post it in the comments section below or, if you prefer, on your own blog and link to my relevant post) using the prompt from Queneau each day.
More information in the original post here:
⇒ Lockdown Diaries II, Day 6: With Raymond Queneau
⇒ Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau