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.