Wednesday, January 18, 2006

English as a foreign language

Often people have complained that they don't understand words that I have used. Possibly because I do try, albeit rarely, to venture beyond the same pale expressions used everyday and colour my language with a wider variety of words. And sometimes, they are even clean! In point of fact, I have promised myself this year to make a conscious effort not to use so many expected cliched couplings.

But back to my vocabulary. Apparently this misunderstanding of my parlance causes some distress to people. Today, I had to explain, not once, but three times, the meaning of the expression "gussy up"!

And people wonder why I am turned on by well constructed sentences and creative word use?


Wishtup said...

Oh I conquer... (word of the day calendar)
; )

Anonymous said...

One of my personal favourites, you'll never stump me!
Trusty Librarian

M-Love said...

Ditto - I love learning new words! Does bad grammar piss you off as much as it does me? UUGGH!

Illegally Blonde said...

I loathe bad grammar. Spelling and grammar are almost as important as hygiene and cleanliness, in my book.

I'm terrible because I'll correct people. My friends are more than used to it!