Quotable Discussion!

An imaginary discussion about my excessive usage of ! ,

F. Scott Fitzgerald: ‘Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.’

Albert Einstein: ‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’ Clearly she looks life the other way.

Terry Pratchett: As long as she knows that ‘Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.’

Joey Santiago: Well, ‘It’s always nice to end your sentences with an exclamation mark, and not a comma.’

Must you question everything! 


Find the difference

I remember one line which I saw in Grammarly which perfectly suits this week’s prompt and I think I will just go with it.
It goes like this

What is the difference between a cat and a comma ?

One has claws at the end of its paws, and one is a pause at the end of a clause.

Wicked! (Might have been the shortest SoCS post ever I think 😉 )

Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “pause/paws.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you’d like. Have fun!

SoCS Badge by HopeFloats@ My Leaky Boat

Whispering willow

My second niece (age : almost 4) is the terror of our house hold. She and I have our regular fights (including fists too) from time to time. She says the atrocious things, which at times is hilarious and sometimes leads to face palms. So there I was cooking something, my sister in law (her mom), cutting vegetables and my sister, doing something in the dining room (just outside the kitchen). She came to me and told that she had a secret to tell me. I am wary of her doing that because she just comes very close to the ears and screams to her full capacity. That really irritates me so I was a little hesitant. She promised that she really had something to say to me. When I bent, she whispered that I looked like an eli (eli in Tamil means Rat, check the google translate on how its pronounced). I was a little offended. Do I really look like that ? I am the biggest and the meanest looking of the lot (among the ladies in the house hold at least) and was wondering why she said that, a little sad at her statement.

For her whispering means saying something in the other’s ears. It doesn’t have to do anything with the volume 😛 So obviously, anyone close to her can hear her. She, then went to her mom and ‘whispered’ that she looked like an elephant (she obviously thought that, ‘that’ rhymed ! 🙄 ) And obviously , that made me feel a little better. At least I am not an elephant. But my sister in law wasn’t too happy about her daughter’s observation and was literally a little bit taken back! Then she went to my sister and whispered that she looked like a erumai (that means buffalo…she really was in the mood for rhyming words). Now this put both my sister in law and myself in a way better mood than when my niece left us with her observations. My sister was not so nice about hearing it and told my niece to run away if she really wanted to avoid being attacked by a buffalo. And that is all it took all of us to burst out laughing. She came, she ‘whispered’ and she went her merry way, leaving us elders perplexed.

Is Texting good for the language ?

I came across this video yesterday and liked it. We all text. I used to not text much earlier, what with my earlier primitive phone and its small and hard keys and my big fingers, which ain’t a good combination at all. But with the new touch screen and a bigger and cooler phone and thanks to WhatsApp and the groups that I am part of, my texting has increased almost by 75% if not more. And half the time the auto correct does the work by itself by suggesting appropriate words even before I could think of them, even though there have been times when it has done more damage. Not to mention the spell check facility. That doesn’t still prevent me from interchanging words like magnanimous and magnificent or humming tree and hanging tree… I ain’t no linguist but then texting at this age does help a lot and yes, as this professor says, I wouldn’t use the same abbreviations  (even though I don’t do that unless I am tired or pissed off) I use on my texts when I actually write something else like this post or an email etc. It would be very weird.  What do you think ? Do you agree with the professor ? Is your vote yes or no, on this topic ?

Those two words

Have you ever confused between words. You use one instead of the other and those two have two different meanings and are not related to each other in any way at all ? There was this one set of words, which I have used interchangeably, so much that my mistake is recorded as part of a book I printed to record my European travels and not to mention the never ending sarcasm that it generated when I had my friends read it. 😳

The words are Magnificent and Magnanimous.  I am not going to tell you how I used that in a sentence. But if it is possible to make them interchange their meaning, I would apply for it. I don’t know why I do it. Signs of old age? Stupidity ? Whatever it is, I am tired of being corrected. If it was once, I can understand. Even during one of our discussion about something I used the other word. How pathetic. So yeah, I had made a vow for myself to not use any of these two words consciously in any discussion or sentence as much as possible. Thankfully, Maleficent is something that didn’t stick with me, otherwise 😉 But then I go and pick two more words and get confused.

There is this restaurant called ‘The Humming Tree’. For some reason, every time I refer to it, all I ever say is , “yeah, lets go to The Hanging Tree”. Not once , not twice, the whole day we had been there, I had been referring it as ‘The Hanging Tree’. I don’t know if it was because of the ‘The Hanging Tree’ song from The Hunger Games movie, which is really very eerie and good. Now I have to be conscious for these two words too in addition to the other two mentioned above.

Seriously, I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes.