I’ve started Twittering, or is it Tweeting? As hard as I found it to blog I am even less sure about letting people know the more mundane aspects of my existence. For a start it is Boooooring (capital B, you noticed) to anyone that isn’t me and only the snippets worth mentioning are written here. But I shall persevere. One good thing to come out of it is that I have linked up with other wordsmiths.
We have house-martins (should that be preceded with capitals?) and my son asked my husband, ‘Doesn’t that get annoying? All that noise?’ The birds are wedged right under his office window. My husband said, ‘No, I like all the tweeting.’ My son burst into laughter. ‘Why are you laughing?’ asked my confused husband, checking his nose for descending boogers. ‘Birds aren’t on the internet, Dad. They don’t know how to tweet!’ Forget the mini-lecture my son was exposed to about the origin of words and let’s focus instead on language and its neverending evolution/development/restructuring…call it what you will but language does not stand still. I am, I admit, a bit of a grammar geek. After carelessly dropped litter the careless misuse of an apostrophe sends my blood pressure into the stratosphere. But I am also a complete word-nerd and love the wonderous morphability of words. Although I correct them, I love it when the children misuse words because of the way they sound and feel (can’t for the life of me think of an example but I shall start hoarding them from now). I am going to direct you to the following website: http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php which is a list of banished words because they are being used in a context other than their original directive. I have listed it in Favourites under ‘Stupid Sites’ so there is no mistaking what I think of it.