Yarn, a Spun Word

I ran into a friend who said, he really enjoys reading the yarns I tell on my blog.

The term yarn took me back for a second since I just read in a bio on Lincoln, he loved spinning a good yarn.

Not common usage, but a charming one.

It’s an old-fashioned way of saying, he liked telling a good story, even if it had an unbelievable tone to it.  An avid raconteur Abe was, a fancy word for storyteller.

It’s called poetic license, a tool of the trade embellishing just a hair, accessorizing what’s already there, like adding pearls to a little black dress.

Emily Dickinson said, tell all the truth, but tell it on slant.

If David Sedaris was asked, did his sister really wear a fat suit, I’ll bet he’d laugh.

A yarn is an anecdote, saga, account or tale. A narrative, description or chronicle of one’s own perspective, possibly a bit rambling, sometimes perceived as a a legend, lore or tall tale.

Spinning a yarn…giving that story or report a particular interpretation favorable or otherwise.

A yarn could be a cock and bull story, one that’s been passed down so the listener  wonders, could this be true? Was George Washington really a crossdresser? Well, he did love clothes we’ve been told, so could it be factual he and Martha shared frocks parading around Mount Vernon like a couple of show girls?

See how easy it is to spin a yarn, or a passable myth that leaves you scratching your head?   Poor George. We already know he had wooden teeth since they’ve toured the country more than once to sold out shows. But are they really his choppers? Or is it an old yarn spun long ago told so many times, it has legs to go with those tusks?

Excuse me will you?  I need to go spin one myself.

Once upon a time there was a an Italian thin girl from Connecticut who wanted to be a molecular biologist, but then Vogue magazine got in the way.  🙂




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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21 Responses to Yarn, a Spun Word

  1. You had me at molecular biologist! That would have been a different life for sure!

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  2. No matter how you spin your tales, your true colors show through. You are a fine woman, young lady.


  3. You took a four-letter word – yarn – and put your own spin on it. You never cease to amaze me. Hope you don’t knitpick this comment. It could be a purl of great price.

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, another great word breathing its last breath. My father is the local king of yarn telling His talent was inherited from his father. There are those amongst us, mostly my siblings and cousins, who would say I’m a yarn teller too.
    A good tale has many components; it certainly requires keen observation, but the ability to embellish turns good into great. And you have all the ingredients in spades.

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  5. Why do I suddenly have the urge to wear a sweater?
    Oh, how I enjoy a good yarn, especially with a dash of personality. Makes me all warm and fuzzy.
    As for the idea of you sporting a lab coat, I couldn’t imagine that “Tales from the Testtube” would be nearly as entertaining as “Notes from the Carlyle.” Can we all give a shoutout to Vogue right now?

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  6. Patricia says:

    I love to listen to…and read…yarns. I think most of us are pretty good at spinning the yarn in blogdom.

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  7. micklively says:

    Forget molecular biologist. I have you as Roger Hargreaves character: Little Miss Inspiration. I’ll leave you to determine the outfit. 😉


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