Monday, September 19, 2005

Increasing your vocabulary

When I read the Molly Ivins article I posted awhile back, there was a phrase in there that I really liked...."And that's where the mule throwed Russell" meaning a point at which something got screwed up. Did you ever see a word or phrase that you really liked and make a conscious effort to work it into your everyday speech? I would like to use that phrase, but I think it would seem contrived. Maybe only in a situation where nobody knows me. It's weird how you judge people by the words they use. At least I do. Not judge really, but when someone speaks an odd word or an antiquated saying that has all but fallen from use, it impresses me. That person moves up a few notches in my head because they seem smarter. I don't think I'm the only one like that. I once had a man declare his love for me after I used the word picayune in a sentence. I was describing to him the recent breakup with a boyfriend, saying that we descended into daily arguing over picayune things. He stared at me for a second, quiet, and said "Did you just use the word picayune?" Why yes, yes I did. Of course quirky words didn't keep him around long....he left me for a girl that repeatedly said "skullduggery", just kidding. Just saying that obviously words have power, but the words that you use also gently shape how people see you.


Blogger EFB said...

You just gave me two new words to look up. :)

11:33 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Yeah right, you probably know them in three languages.

12:55 PM  

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