As long as they enjoy it

I am in for a surprise every time I visit my brother. My first niece always has some or the other movie that she wants to see and if she knows that I am visiting, she would wait for me to take her to that movie. Last time it was a stupid Tamil horror movie (the one genre I usually avoid watching) which I avoided, thanks to my brother who watched with her. But this time, it is ‘The Jungle Book‘. I remember watching that series when I was a kid. Especially the song ‘jungle jungle baat chali hai‘ (in Hindi) which was a huge hit. Now the same song is used in the recent movie too, which is good. But I am going to be watching the Tamil dubbed version of the movie and I am not a big fan of dubbed movies. I always get a little unsettled with the lip un-sync (is that even a word?). But they (nieces and nephew) wouldn’t understand it in any other language other than in their mother tongue. So Tamil dubbed version it is, as long as they enjoy the movie and are happy watching it. I might update the post later after watching the Matinee show with them 🙂

Update after the movie :
I enjoyed it, in spite of it being in Tamil. Nieces were scared because of it being 3D. Nephew enjoyed it. Overall it is a very good movie. Worth watching it for the pleasure of watching a very good animation.


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

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “ha.” Use it as a word, or find a word that starts with those two letters. Enjoy!

 

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Miks

Don’t confuse it with Mix or anything like that, even though they do sound the same. But this is how Mx is pronounced. What is Mx ? This a gender neutral title or in other words, an honorific that does not indicate any gender. So along with Mr, Mrs, Ms, Miss etc., we also have Mx now. This was news to me. But looks like Royal Bank of Scotland has already started to use this in their forms.

There a couple more according to this Wikipedia article on Gender Neutral Title. English sure has evolved a lot now, hasn’t. Instead of figuring out new titles, why don’t we just get rid of them?

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 ?

Wald in …what ???

I was going through this article called ‘Eleven Untranslatable Words‘ and found the following very interesting among the list.

Ilunga (Tshiluba) ‘A person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time’

I am this person. And there is a name for this behavior…Wow!!!

Fernweh (German) ‘Feeling homesick for a place you have never been to’

How can you even feel homesick for a place you have never been to ? But I did. I felt that way with Venice and Kailash Manasarovar in particular. Don’t ask me why, but there it was. And when I finally landed in Venice for a couple of days as part of my European tour, I was so happy and I literally cried the day we were heading back. Because I finally saw a place I felt so close to my heart. Do you have a place like that ?

Prozvonit (Czech) ‘To call a mobile phone only to have it ring once so that the other person would call back, allowing the caller not to spend money on minutes’

My brother used to do it earlier. I wish I had known about this name long ago, so that I could have called him that and he would have assumed that I was swearing at him 😉

Komorebi (Japanese) ‘The sort of scattered, dappled light effect that happens when sunlight shines in through trees’

They have name for this effect ? Cool. I have always loved that effect in nature. 

Waldeinsamkeit (German) ‘The feeling of being alone in the woods’

 Trust me, this is how I am feeling right now, but how do you even pronounce it 😦 

Mrs or Ms – Which to use

I never liked the word ‘Mrs’. Never. I don’t know why. I preferred Ms. ever since I knew that it can be used to address a woman irrespective of her marital status. But I never really knew why we have a Miss, Mrs and a new Ms for that matter. It was just known that we address all men as Mr. and married women as Mrs. and unmarried women as Miss. May be I thought it was unfair that men get to be addressed by only one prefix whereas women had to change their prefixes based on their marital status. I am not sure the reasons I had at that time. But now I think I prefer to be addressed as Ms forever, especially after reading this article, What is Mrs. short for?. Whoa! The etymology of those words !

If you happen to read that article, make sure to read the comments too, which are more entertaining.

“The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.” ― Michel de Montaigne,