The weekly meme TMI Tuesday had a group of questions posed a couple of weeks ago that I could not resist answering. I'm a sucker for (a) sharing my opinion and (b) anything to do with words and (c) sharing my opinion on anything to do with words. Go figure.
What is your language pet peeve?
The apostricfication of language. ( In case you were wondering, I made that word up. So there.)
Plural words DO NOT need an apostrophe before the “s." Yes, Virginia, there is a difference between a plural and a possessive. Trust me. I see this done everywhere. Drives me nuts -- especially when it’s in a printed ad or something else that should have been proofed before publication. Ugh. Hello -- need a proofreader? Call me. I'm good and I'm cheap.
What is your favorite word -- both dirty and clean?
Clean: Grace. To garner unmerited favor. A beautiful word for a beautiful sentiment.
Oh, and based on my constant usage of it -- seriously. I know I overwork it, but it just fits so well sometimes.
Dirty: Shit. My go-to expletive. Said way too often (just ask Will’s teacher about that -- My Little Parrot has shared that on more than one occasion. Color me mortified.)
What is the one word you cannot spell?
ONE word? Are you joking? How much time do you have...
My inability to spell is a well-known fact. I like to think of it as being part of my charm.
What is the one word you always pronounce wrong?
N-U-C-L-E-A-R. I pronounce it like Jimmy Carter. Nucular. That’s right -- Jimmy Carter. I refuse to acknowledge that other president who also says this word this way. When I was growing up, Daddy was the spokesperson for the local power company and the term “nuclear” got a lot of play in our house. I still say it incorrectly, no matter how conscious of my mispronunciation I am. Again, it’s that charm thing.
If you could erase one popular catchphrase from the english language, what would it be?
That damn “get ‘er done.” Or anything else said by that Larry the Cable Guy. Not a fan.
Bonus: The late, and very hot Michael Hutchence once sang, "Words are weapons, sharper than knives" . What is the most hurtful thing you have ever said to anyone? Was it deliberate or accidental? What was the most hurtful thing ever said to you? Do you think it was deliberate or accidental?
The most hurtful thing I ever said to anyone was accidental. At least on the surface. It was in the midst of a bad (and I mean baaaaaad) breakup and I told my soon-to-be-ex that our relationship was a colossal mistake. The look on his face and the tone in his voice immediately let me know that I had wounded him deeply, albeit unintentionally. Still haunts me.
The most hurtful thing anyone ever said to me came from the mouth of a close relative who told me, as an impressionable young teenager, that I had the personality of a gnat. Try shaking that one when you are still working on developing yourself as a person -- including trying to build your confidence. Still haunts me. Paralyzingly so -- more often than I’d like.
Here’s a bit of hippy trippy thematic fun from the Monkees. Look! They let Davy get close to a real instrument (and I don’t mean the wind chimes, either... he’s got drum sticks and he’s not afraid to wield them.)