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That word…

… I do not think it means what you think it means.

Sufficed to say, not every word that rhymes with “Tigger” by replacing the first letter should be said aloud. The key is to not say the word yourself, but explain in a short enough and stern enough manner that will ensure it never is said again.

As an (former) English teacher, I have a relationship with words that is schizophrenic inconsistent. (I avoid official words of diagnosis– it just ends up offending people.) There are some slang terms that irritate me intensely; others, I embrace wholeheartedly.

Vacay= no.
Cray-cray= yes.
Noms= blech.
Fo’ shizzle= heck yeah.
Feels*= stop.
Fail= go.
Adorbs= only when applied to children…MY children.

I will say “brb” (pronounced burrb) but I will not speak the word that corresponds to this: #. Spelling out “L-O-L” is ridiculous but I crack up when I say it as a word: “LOLL!”

This is not something I would talk about very much; in fact, I may never bring this up again. Trouble is, I know a lot of people who use these words, and I have no reason to be critical of them for doing so. That would make me a hypocrite, and I’ve seen that happen often enough to know that’s not what I want to be. I enjoy being consistently inconsistent, but not making judgement calls based on it.

Here’s to the English language: long may it live and change and grow. For realsies.Image.

EDIT: I totally forgot to write the footnote indicated by the (*) above. I wanted to toss in an anecdote.
I’m not the only person who has expressed disdain for the word feels as it replaces the word feelings. But when I mentioned this to another person, he broke out into a rendition of a classic song: “Feeee-eeeeels….Nothing more than FEEEEE-EEEEELS!” I don’t think typing it does it justice, but hell– I’m laughing.


Is *that* what I sound like?

Raise your hand if you’ve disliked how the recorded version of your own voice sounds.


Now put your hand down; I can’t actually see you. (Gosh, I hope you weren’t in public.)


I’ve been thinking a lot about how I sound to others. As a teacher, I spoke a lot to students all day. I didn’t think much of it until I had to make an announcement to a lunchroom full of students with the use of a microphone and an amp. I sounded younger than the freshmen! That was maybe 7 years ago, but it still haunts me.

So now I’m talking to my own kids more than anyone, and I’m thinking about how I sound to them. The Regulator and I end up at odds occasionally. It’s like we’re speaking different languages. He tries to describe something; I will attempt to explain something. He gets upset; I get frustrated. 

How must I sound to him? Sarcastic, loud, dismissive? If it was always like this, I’d know there’s a real problem… but it’s not always like this. But I’d like it to never be like this.

As a mommy blogger who would love to be considered a Mommy Blogger, I read other Mommy Blogs. Quite frankly, I’m offended. Griping, cursing, and, generally speaking, girls behaving badly. Women who dang near sound as though they regret having kids. Women who would shrivel up and die if they couldn’t complain or make disparaging remarks about other moms. Women who make the “mean girl” attitude cute and hip… except it’s not.

Is that what I sound like? Because if I do, I oughta hang it up right now. I will admit that my life is not what I thought it was going to be, but an online gripe session entry after entry doesn’t seem like any way to fix it. 

Speaking of how I “sound” online, I cannot tell you how many times I have been in arguments with people whom I agree. 



You read that right: I will voice an opinion, and someone else will pick apart my argument in order to prove THEY are right in the EXACT SAME WAY. I never took Latin or Sanskrit or Swahili– why is it so difficult for people to understand me? 

This could end up a serious problem, but I’m not sure how to make the necessary adjustments. Here’s to an end to the communication breakdown.