Super sleuths and detectives face the possibility that
the ones who are the accused in some murder mysteries
may actually have been “framed!”
I would like to analyze the definition of “framed.”
As an adjective, it has only two meanings in a modern
The first one says,
“Of a picture or similar, held in the frame.”
And the second one says,
“Of a building, having a frame of a specific material.”
Then, if you look farther, you can find the word,
“framed” being used in film and the industry. Another use
of the word can be on a computer. In photography, you
may use a bright scene at the end of the tunnel, using
the dark tunnel as a frame. Or a window or doorway can
also “frame” a picture. I have “framed” a beautiful
photograph in my collection, using an old, battered
gray doorway of a barn, looking out on a pastoral
In literature, this definition is one which we, as
writers, may utilize. You can use “framing” as a
literary device, where a secondary story or stories
are embedded in the main story. I think sometimes this
is a wonderful and very fascinating way of writing
(and reading another’s work.)
Since the period of 1895 (or around the 1900’s), the
phrase, it’s a “frame-up” first appeared. I like this
‘slang’ usage by sleuths and police detectives the best.
I am such a murder mystery fan! The primary suspect in
most murders is the spouse or a family member. This
person sometimes can be “framed.” I am sure that you
know this reference and it is a great way to throw
people ‘off the track’ of the true murderer!
In this case, when someone who is not guilty, is being
“framed,” it is being used as a noun. The meaning is a
“fraudulent incrimination of an innocent person.”
The next part of this post, is my own inventive way
of playing with both the words, “frame” and “framed!”
I did not find this somewhere else, I created this
fun way of wordplay.
There is always your “frame of mind.”
Another way of looking at things is to change
your “frame of reference.”
We have all been “framed” in photographs on our
parents’ walls, from childhood until we graduate
and ‘do them proud!’
Do you wear glasses? My “frames” are forever
getting bent, since I like to lie down while
I take my “frames” off, to read a book or look
at the needle to thread it, in sewing.
Children with bangs and some adults, look nice
while their face is “framed” with their hair.
When a parent or lover holds your face in his
or her hands, it is “framed” with love.
When we “framed” in the second house I ever lived
in, it was in Bretton Ridge development, North
Olmsted, Ohio. We loved collecting pop bottles
and turning them in for penny candy, at Szarka’s
This was while I was in third grade, the last
picture taken in elementary school, before my
parents invested in glasses “frames” for me.
After that, my “frames” ranged from being black
with white sparkles, cat-like in appearance,
to a crazy and bold red pair.
When I “framed” my three children in their senior
year high school photos, I chose three individually
unique picture “frames.”
My oldest daughter had an ornate cream-colored
ceramic “frame,” with her artistically posed photo
of a Roman column she is leaning against.
Carrie is wearing a black, gray and white ‘floaty’
print dress she bought at an antique dress shop,
that is no longer around Delaware. It used to be
a place to get costumes for theater productions
and it was called, “Captain Betty’s.”
Captain Betty had a huge poster with famous band
members’ signatures who had visited in Central
Ohio and chosen to stop in to purchase one of her
fantastic vintage clothing items. These ranged from
the Flapper age through the seventies. That poster,
“framed” in black, is a wonderful piece of memorabilia!
Might bring a ‘pretty penny’ to the family!
I dropped off a big box of my seventies’ clothes,
donated to her shop, for all the times she had
helped Carrie choose a special outfit for a dance
or play. (I am afraid she had been ill, possibly
passed away… My friend says only a few months
The second senior photograph is in a rugged pine
“frame” and holds my son, James, sitting in a
large armchair, where the photographer threw a
white sheet over. He is ‘posed,’how I asked him
to sit. The photographer allowed me to “frame” him
in this chair. With his bare feet and lovely toes
I used to tickle and even, while he was a baby,
nibble on. Jamie’s pose is a natural one.
The last “frame” is a golden one. If you ever saw
my youngest daughter, Felicia, you may understand
why I chose this frame. She has golden hair, a
throw-back to my Swedish Grandpa Mattson. She was
a runner-up for Homecoming Queen, a soccer player,
a long distance runner when they benched her in
soccer, and third place winner of Cross Country
When she was in high school they called, Felicia,
“Fox.” She was called that, as she placed a mini-
microphone into people’s faces, interviewing them
for her high school news channel. “Fox on your side.”
Then, like a different spin on that, she was using
for awhile this ‘brand’ for her blog, “Finding Your
Fox.” She has been, even at age 28, fighting and
winning her battle against her rheumatoid arthritis.
She was diagnosed at age 13, (called JRA) and we feel
it may have started at age 11.
How do you best enjoy the word, “framed?”
Have you chosen special photographs to place in
a prominent place on your walls or mantel?
How did you match the subject matter or their
occupants with the “frames” you chose?