Monday Random: Words

  • Words matter, and to me they matter probably more than people which is wrong- I know it’s wrong, so I’m working on that. I do feel guilty for saying that.
  • Words get propers from me because they kept me going between the ages of 10-20, and now they are saving my life.  I have to be grateful for that.
  • I was in the best, coolest conversation this weekend and I interrupted at an important juncture, taking the steam out of a good story I was hearing. I still feel badly about it. I would like to say something now to the storyteller and apologize, but that’s weird. I recognize it’s weird to agonize about it now. But I do want to be a better listener-
  • I used to be a self-proclaimed grammar nazi, but I saw it hurt others and realized it is not important that I be the Wonder Woman of words. I guess it comes with age.
  • Isn’t it funny how age brings both patience and impatience? I can be so grumpy about things, you know the things, those situations that make me want to say, ‘I am too old for this shit!’ But I am also more patient and serene about things I was so passionate about before.
  • I sometimes correct spelling and grammar in an e-mail before I reply to it.
  • I do feel bad about that
  • I still have an issue with your vs. you’re. I won’t say anything, but it causes me internal pain.
  • Does anyone else cringe when they hear ta-day instead of to-day? Probably fussy of me. It is most likely a regional thing, like here in the Midwest U.S. they often say, ‘ I want to go with-‘.
  • My mother loved words as well. Her favourite word she said was onomatopoeia  and second was Artaxerxes
  • I had to look up onomatopoeia. Twice.
  • Some of my favourite words are mellifluous, ineffable, nefarious, pluviophile, serendipity, deluge, fester, iridescent, orifice, chocolate, and coffee. Too many to list-

What are your favourite words? Do you correct grammar in others? Have a great Monday! Don’t let it get you down- Tuesday is coming!

  • p.s. Do you ever get annoyed at people who use too many exclamation points?!
  • Are you silently correcting my punctuation in my post?

19 thoughts on “Monday Random: Words

  1. Your grammar looked impeccable. My grammar is what it is. If I know the rule, I will use it. I always have typos, doesn’t matter how many times I proof. After it’s printed, I usually find another typo….that is frustrating. I love to write/type. The physical part of it. Pen to paper is soothing to me. The clicks from the keyboard are music to my ears. Favorite words? ummm. That is food for thought. I always feel like my vocabulary is lacking. You are an inspiration! Since reading your blog, I’ve gone to an online thesaurus to find better words for me to use. Pinterest has “Words to use instead of __” I save them to my board for reference. Still thinking on the favorite word. I learned one in Spanish that I keep trying to say, because l like the way it sounds. Purpurla. Challenge to roll the “r’s” one after the other..haha! Oh and I know I tend to use too many exclamation points, just my personality….Anyway, I LOVE your words.

    Hoping you had a blessed Easter. I saw your pictures on your post yesterday and loved them. Sunrises over the water are one of my favorite things. Thanks for sharing.

    1. In all fairness, I proofread that post 3 times. I would be appalled to have mistakes in a post about words. Ha! In my writing group they find mistakes all the time but I do pour over them and over them.
      My most common mistake when I am rushing is typing to instead of two or new instead of knew, silly stuff like that.
      Easter was lovely. Still getting used to this empty nest thing but the food was great and that always helps. Weather was also cooperating. How was yours?

      I can’t roll my r’s on purpose. It happens now and then while reading but when I try to I can’t do it!. I’m fascinated by the latinas at the grocery store and how fast they talk rolling their r’s.

      Love words, and that was something that my mother and I shared. We’d play silly guessing games with the dictionary.

      Thank you!

  2. Yes, no and maybe. Apply randomly to your last three questions. Or, would that be randomly apply?
    Regarding favorite words – I find myself looking up words that I already know. My focus can be so fleeting (or misdirected). At times, I have the attention span of a gnat. I may not like gnats, but maybe that should be on my list of favorite words.

  3. Dennis Potter wrote a book (a series) called The Singing Detective. His main character said “elbow” was a beautiful word. I think he’s right. The real thing isn’t much to look at, but the word feels wonderful in your mouth.

  4. An excellent post. My favourite word is rancid. This is because I once used it with my second son who was about 9 at the time. He took it on and, to this day, forty years later, applies it fondly to anything that’s a bit off. I hate the superfluous of that has become commonplace, and just don’t get me on apostrophes. I think it would be good to tell the storyteller what you feel, but that is probably because I am often the recipient of “Just get on with it”, which, of course, always extends the tale. 🙂

    1. I have been guilty of apostrophe abuse myself. That’s one nice thing about having poetic license-I can use them with abandon in my poems ^_^
      Rancid does roll off the tongue nicely

  5. I really like what you wrote. It was very evocative and relatable. I am not a very fond reader but i got hooked on to what you wrote as I myself feel more connected with words than with people. My favourite words include assuage and macabre.

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