Daily Prompt – Dictionary, Schmictionary

Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).

I used to do this all the time in high-school… I’d try and sound really smart by using a strange word in a sentence, and whilst it sounded impressive, when I actually looked it up, it was usually used in the completely wrong context. I don’t even remember what word it was.

I think that this is partly because during my high-school years, everything was heavily influenced by American television, predominantly teen-drama and they all revolved around SAT scores… to which I still don’t actually know what they are…  I now know what they are, having just looked it up. And for some reason, the mere mention of SAT’s immediately makes me think of Bring It On

Mainly also for Darcy and her line:

"Bring on the tyros, the neophytes and the dilettanti."

Unless I look those words up, I really don’t know what the fuck she’s talking about. That’s what I really don’t get about American schools, teens always sound like they’ve completely swallowed a thesaurus, and my basic brain just wants to slap them, USE NORMAL WORDS!!

Once I tried one of those word-a-day calendars, but by Wednesday, I couldn’t even remember what Monday’s word was, and I gave it up. Poor brain does not compute. Nowadays, when I hear somebody start using their ‘fancy’ words, I just think they’re being a show off… and nobody likes a show-off. You’re just being a dick.


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