From German sausages to made up words, a Freelance Copywriter never stops learning.
One of the best things about being a Freelance Copywriter is the variety.
New clients and new projects add more juice to the old creative brain sponge.
Not least of all, I’m constantly discovering new words and word combinations.
Here are a few, that before 2018, I’m sure I’d never had the occasion to use in copy, some I hadn’t heard of and one of them I think I may have invented.
This word came up when working with the international development charity, Nepal Youth Foundation.
‘For generations, the Tharu community of Western Nepal has adopted a practice known as Kamalari, whereby girls as young as six years old are bonded into domestic slavery.’
But it’s not all gloom and doom, because…
‘Kathaa, ‘story’ in Nepalese, is a contemporary, ethical fashion brand owned and operated by NYF in the UK. Everything in the Kathaa range is made by freed Kamalaris and our very first collection is a range of stunning, waterproof down jackets.’
VIVE LA DIFFERENCE
‘Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further. If you’re looking for just another firm of Estate Agents, you’re going to be disappointed.’
I knew my grade ‘D’ in GCSE French would come in handy one day. Never thought it would be for a posh West End estate agent though.
Anyone who played Christmas copy bingo last year would have got extra points for spotting this in my copywriting for Church Urban Fund:
‘So, please join with thousands of others this Christmas and raise your voices with us to do something fa la la la la la la lamazing.’
If you really want to push the boat out with new words, healthcare copywriting takes some beating:
‘We all know that water is essential for life, unfortunately, not everyone finds it easy to drink enough. If you have been diagnosed as having dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), you could be at risk of dehydration.’
I got to write ‘dysphagia’ dozens of times – in leaflets, training aids, ads, posters video script… It’s a funny old world being a Freelance Copywriter.
PHILANTHROPIST, TRAILBLAZER, RULE BREAKER, HERO
No, I wasn’t writing about myself, this was part of a 100 years Remembrance Day social media campaign for genealogy website, findmypast.com
How much German do I know? Not a sausage. That’s why working for the German Tourist Office was such fun. To put it into context:
‘IT’S NOT ALL BEER AND BRATWURST
How about a slice of Flammkuchen, some Königsberger Klopse or a Prinzregententorte? If you think that’s a bit of a mouthful, just wait ‘til you taste them.’
Being a Freelance Copywriter isn’t always about using obscure words, but with so many available, it’d be a shame not to squeeze the odd ‘Bratwurst’ in now and again.
Goodness knows what 2019 will have in store; I’ve already managed ‘Kippers and custard’ for a VW script.
For more wordy fun and frolics, have a dip here: