In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Dictionary, Shmictionary.”
Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).
Okay, ya’ll can believe me or not… but this has never happened to me. If it did I don’t remember it. Not tootin’ my own horn here; I’m saying I look it up if I hear it.
What I will confess to is that I have read a butt ton of books and see a whole lot of words. Some are not familiar and some are; I’ve looked them up and then felt a little more educated by the experience. Here comes the confession part… I know them, I know their meaning but sometimes? I will pronounce them wrong having never heard another human being ever actually SPEAK this word in the real world.
I mean come on! There are words that exist on paper that only exist to be used on paper because- well.. I can only guess that someone is flexing their brain muscle or it simply belongs in a written piece. Kind of like LOL should only be used in texts, IM’s and whatnot. If I HEARD someone say “Elle Oh Elle” and it wasn’t related to coitus (one of them wordy words) or someone expressing exasperation at a friend named Michelle that goes by the nickname: Elle I’d want to beat them with a selfie stick.
Oh geez… I think I’ve become old… Old men have their whippersnappers on their lawn.. I have people with Selfie sticks and using online words in conversation… like Oh Em Gee… That’s a paddlin’!