Tuesday, November 14, 2006
*WARNING - THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST NOR A RANT*
So my brain is scrambled today, but obviously not as foggy as the brains of some folks who get their 5 minutes of TV fame.
A short while ago, I wrote something called Tired Terms. This new post is similar to that....but not quite.
I have been following the World news about environmental greenhouse gases, and Kyoto, and listening to the various experts comment on the state of the world, and the state of Canada within that world. It's pretty interesting stuff, and I seem to learn something new all the time. Today was no exception, with a certain individual discussing the situation, using very long sentences with almost unpronounceable words (and, at times, losing me in the process). However, amidst the intelligence, the long sentences and the eloquence of the words came the following.....
"This is an intregal part....blah blah blah....."
INTREGAL?!@? What the heck is INTREGAL? There is no such word! Now, there is integral, as in "This is an integral part....." BUT NOT INTREGAL!!!
Now to be fair, I have to thank the person who used this word, because without that, there would be no post today. But, also, as things would have it, this jettisoned a slew of other baddies.
NUCULAR as opposed to NUCLEAR (we've all heard that one to be sure).
ORIENTATED as opposed to ORIENTED (a common baddy).
EXSCAPED as opposed to ESCAPED (this one, however, curls my toes).
LUCKED OUT as opposed to LUCKED IN (people are always confusing these 2, using Lucked Out when they got lucky and Lucked In when they actually lost out on something).
Maybe I am too picky. Maybe I am fussy about language. But geez, louise, get it right!
So with that, I leave you with this. I am going to exscape from my drab daily life, and get orientated into a nucular society, where speaking well is an intregal part of everyday happenings, and I may even luck out and win a million bucks in the process.