Sunday, December 14, 2003

Communication

I know a teeny-tiny bit about astrology.  I can tell you that my Sun is in Gemini and my Rising sign is Virgo.  Both are ruled by Mercury, the planet of Communication.  Hellooooo!  Makes sense right?  I love to write. I love to chat. I love to listen. I love language, words, communication [I believe AOL's character limits were created with me in mind]

Usually when I hear a word, I can store it in my memory bank for future use.  But don't expect me to know how to spell echinacea without looking at the bottle on my desk.  It wasn't until this world of written communication that I learned the difference between chow and ciao.  This being one of my main sources of communication, it's recently occurred to me that I can now comfortably and confidently spell certain words - but I'm left without a clue as to their pronunciation.

I know who Mia is - AimS, Stephen's mom, but every time I see her new screen name [miarenee24] I read it as Marianne [my cousin - who never visits my journal]  Even so, it doesn't register in my brain till I'm half way through the comment.

SloMo talks of Hel.  At first my mind said Hell, then I wondered - there's no double-L, is it pronounced Heal?  Or is the H silent as in El?  Is the E long as in Eel?  All this time, and I've never asked.  Thank God we don't talk on the phone!

Today I read Karyn's entry with Euchre in it.  I've seen this game but I've never played it [probably because I can't pronounce it] Clueless!

How about the essential oils ylang ylang and jojoba!  I use jojoba daily, now that I know how to pronounce it!  I still refuse to buy ylang ylang - don't know how to ask for it.

Some things are a blessing online!  Thanks to the young vernacular, the pronunciation of sayings like fo shizzle and manizzle are pretty easy to decipher.  My dilemma here is completely the opposite - it's their definition that leaves me flabbergasted.

22 comments:

slowmotionlife said...

Hel is what I call him. Hell is where I tell him to go when he gets on my nerves. LoL But they're pronounced the way way. You should see the looks I get when I yell at him in a crowd. How many entries are you gonna do today???

I love this! I have pronuciation issues too. I'm always terrified I'll pronounce something wrong.

irun01 said...

Fo Shizzle Home Slice. Wassup Dawg? That was a TYTE entry.

hempenhomespun said...

I firmly believe that proper pronunciation of a word is 90% confidence . . . which is why I don't speak much in multisyllables.

chefgracegeorge said...

great entry Freep. Hope you had a great weekend!

mallory4284 said...

I got a comment in my journal from a rock star!! thanks Freee!! :)

To answer your question, i go to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I already have the procrastination problem haha. Let's just say finals start on Tuesday and the only thing I've accomplished thus far is re-writing my Bio notes...

oh and euchre is pronounced You-Ker (as in kermit) :)

itsjustusinnc said...

I'm cursed. I have this compulsion to look up words I think are strange. I can't help it! But the minute I open a dictionary, I ALWAYS get sidetracked and end up looking up at least 20 other words along the way. So now my rule of thumb is: if I see a word I'm unfamiliar with, I just skip to the next paragraph. What was this entry about exactly?
Gregg

karynetaylor said...

Well, I THOUGHT I would try to help you with a quick link to some Euchre rules ... it used to be considered the poor man's game as the lower class would take the cards the rich people threw away to play, since they didn't need the whole deck ...

the link below has rules and terms that I didn't even know. Obviously I could waste a LOT of time surfing on Euchre info... sounds like an entry for later!

http://www.pagat.com/euchre/euchre.html

~ Karyn

clarity4today said...

I have learned *so* much from being online and reading. Of course, I read before, but I rarely looked up things in the dictionary. I'd just guess at the meaning based on context. But, online, it's so easy to look it up! I've had words come to me that seemed to fit, but I wasn't even sure of the meaning. I'd look them up to make sure they meant what I thought. Writing and reading-- good for writing, LOL.
Donna

andreakingme said...

I know even less about astrology, even though I have Linda Goodman's SUN SIGNS, which talks about how your sign would interact with the others as friends, relatives and lovers. (Psst. It's great for character study if you're a writer.)

I'm an Aries. But I was supposed to be a Taurus (born a month early). I have no idea where my moons are ... that's sounds funny, doesn't it?

andreakingme said...

Dag-nabbit! I am massacring the English language all across our AOL-J Community, committing all kinds of grammatical errors. Who cursed me? Who?! (I spelling committing wrong and almost posted THAT, but at the last minute, double-checked the spelling and added another T. Sheesh!)

andreakingme said...

Oh no. I did another boo-boo in my last entry. At this rate, I'm going to be here for the rest of the day commenting on every mistake I make. Save me from myself!

Time to chew gum. I'm a chronic gum chewer, did you know? I chew one piece after the other until I gave myself one whopper of a headache. You should try it sometime. It's liberating. Sometimes.

(checking for mistakes ...)

andreakingme said...

Hey. I never said boo about You-kerr. My first boyfriend taught me how to play this game and gave me a complex about it because I used to be a big renigger (Karen knows what I'm talking about).

I haven't renigged in long, long time, though. First boyfriend would be so proud!

andreakingme said...

Yep, it's me again.

Once in high school we all had to impersonate a historical personage and give a speech as if we were that person. (Blah! Gack! Awful, sick, gross, hate it!) Anyway ... I was so nervous that when I mispronounced the word political (I called it poly-tickle, I didn't even know it. I heard people chuckling, but I didn't care a fig. I just wanted to get the words out so I could sit back down again.

andreakingme said...

I'm convinced my teacher gave me an A because I made her laugh. (I was Rosalyn Carter. And the boy who had a crush on me, the one I DIDN'T like, was Jimmy Carter.)

freeepeace said...

SloMo, HA! great comment ['what i call him...where i tell him to go']! Now I know. Irun, LOL, clever pal! Hempen, absolutely! HI Grace, had a good weekend...you? Mallory, thanks for the comment and pronunciation! Gregg, HA! Nevermind, just skip it - I don't say much anyway! Karyn, I'll check it out, thanks! Donna, I love when words come to me and I find out they fit perfectly! :)

freeepeace said...

Andrea! Knee-slappin' silly! Was wondering where you've been - Nice to see you [again and again] I'm not sure what you're referring to: "spelling committing wrong" Think I missed something. I was supposed to be Taurus too but was born late (shows in life too, always late!) My moon is in Aries! Gum-chewer huh? I can't much anymore [TMJ-ish] and headaches [ow!] Better than smoking though! Poly-tickle - awww...that's sweet actually.

alphawoman1 said...

I can't spell and I can not pronounce words correctly! I have finally taken the easy way out and tell people I have a speech impediment! It works with most.

krobbie67 said...

Thanks for stopping by. I come over here sometimes. However, I don't think I've ever left a comment. I'm a dirty nasty lurker. ;-) I will be ordering your CD once I get back from vacation. I wish I could come see your show but I'll be packing for my trip. Maybe next time.

I know what you mean about pronunciations. I can't pronounce my favorite perfume's name: Anais Anais. I say it wrong everytime. Oh well. I still manage to get it even if the salesperson is snickering as I walk away.

miarenee24 said...

Hm, well I was wondering why Andrea hasn't posted her Lifesavers men picture/directions. I see now where she spent most of her day. lol-too funny... Slo-Loved your comment too :P Freee, don't worry.. you should see the looks I get when they call my name at the Dr. office! (of course, they pronounce it wrong) I used to hate my parents for this name, but now it isn't so bad, I'm used to it.

babyshark28 said...

LOL! omg! such an entertaining piece of work here, love it. me too! me too! I kept thinking. great freee! super! ha ha ha...I am still smiling to myself..

dazeychic said...

OMG! So cute! And sooo true! Half the time I just guess at what people are saying! But for ylang ylang...I got you covered girl! I mean, going to school at Aveda and this being one of the top oils I had to learn it quickly! Its eeeelang eeeelang. Ha! Just say E before the lang and your good to go...chances are someone will know what you are talking about! hehe...i Loooove this entry sweety! (just as i looove you!) ~Shells

viviansullinwank said...

OMG this was entry (and the zillion comments) was too funny. I have to admit I'm responsible for many people feeling wierd about pronunciations. My last name is so strange...once at the airport I was standing by for a flight. The gate agent struggled so hard looking at it that she didn't even try...she announced "Will passenger N-W-A-N-K-P-A-H please come to the counter"...LOL that happened several years ago and I'm still laughing at it today!