This summer I had the opportunity to hang out with some English teachers. It was nice. I miss English teachers.
Apparently they have an ongoing list of words they hate. They refuse to say these words and cringe when others do.
Here are the words at the top of their lists.
I really thought I was strange for hating certain words, but I realize now my strangeness has company.
I hate the following words because they sound like what they are:
Here are some of my favorite words.
~son ambulate - It doesn't get much play in everyday use, but I like it because it is easily deciphered by the root words.
~ masticate - I made the mistake of teaching this to Tanner last week. It is now his favorite word, but only to see how many sentences he can use it in place of another m word. For example, "Last night I went to my room and masticated..........my sandwich.
~ macabre - I also taught Tanner this word. He then protested and said it was summer and he didn't want to hear any new words. He did later point out to me though that a song we were listening to was macabre.
Basically I love hearing all uncommon words in conversation. Also I get excited if I see a word I do not know in a book. At that point I have to put down the book and go look it up in a huge red dictionary my parents got me while I was in college.
***While I was working I also had the opportunity to blog a little before school and during lunch. It was quiet and no one interrupted me to ask me to wipe their butt. Now that summer school is over I can only blog with kids climbing all over me. This may make a difference in the cohesiveness of my posts. I apologize.