Word Choice

For years now I have felt out-of-place in conversation with people.  I don’t even mean how awkward and anti-social I can be either, which would be understandable. People hate language.

They hate specific words, sayings, and change in the English we use.  They point to the dictionary as a shining beacon of truth and secretly I feel kinda sad. I mean what would language be if we hadn’t tried to restrict it.

These are the things I wonder about.  Spelling obviously wouldn’t have normalized until much later if at all.  Word usage would be even more localized than it is now.

I digress.

Moist seems to be a word a lot of people hate. I don’t know why. It conveys a great sense of exactly what is being described.  I am of the belief that if people understand what you are saying then the language you used is a success. Communication is the goal, not…I don’t even know what the language Nazis think the goal of language is.

I have however discovered a dislike bordering on hatred of a word. That word is irregardless.  Because it doesn’t make sense!!!

Most people say it when they mean regardless. Because the ir could indicate a double negative and then you would mean with regard, which isn’t ever anyone’s intention when they say it. I will take a half mumbled conjoined twin of a made up word over irregardless any day of the week as long as I am picking up what you are laying down.

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About Brandon

Just call me B, or Brandon. Either is fine. I like to think of myself as an American nomad. I have moved so many times I have lost count. Worked in warehouses and cubicles, had a corner office in Hawaii, and spent some time in India. I find that as different and varied as people are across the country and the world they are still really the same. I remember people that have had a good story to share. I hope I can share some of their and some of my stories with you. I am working on reviewing and some other creative projects with my partner. Find me on Twitter @bmcrew2
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2 Responses to Word Choice

  1. I love this: “as long as I am picking up what you are laying down.” And I love how deliberate you are with your words. So often we tend toward carelessness with our words.

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