Thursday Three #56

  1. My new pet peeve is the use of “finesse” as a verb. I have been seeing it in a few of the books I have been reading, and it really bothers me. Apparently, it is not an incorrect usage, though. “He finessed his way through the crowd.” Yuck.
  2. You’ve probably heard that they added “they” to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in September 2019. To me, “they” is fine when you don’t know a person’s gender; for example, “I just saw someone go down that abandoned alley. I wonder what they’re doing.” But I still can’t wrap my brain around using “they” as someone’s preferred pronoun: “I want you to meet my friend Jack. They will be pleased to finally get to know you.” I might just have to resort to the usage in the Dick and Jane books (“Dick is driving to work. Dick is leaving Dick’s car. Dick is entering the building.”) to avoid using pronouns at all. What a world.
  3. Boring life update: My son knows how to pull himself up to a standing position. He is so thrilled with this, he does it all the time, even when he should be trying to sleep. Whoever said “they grow up so fast” was not joking. When you are a kid, you don’t think you’re growing up fast, but when you’re an adult watching other kids grow up, you see the truth in that statement.

Poetry Time: Words

February 8, 2011

Odd.

I use that word way too much. My new favorite word is

aberration

and I used to like

random

a lot when I was in high school (I still use it often, though).

There are a few others I find myself ashamed that I am constantly using, such as

like

some other four-letter words

but I really like

pontificate

because it sounds so pretentious and is used to talk about pretentious people talking.

My dad always likes to use

substantial

but I don’t really care much for it, although I find myself using it like it’s come to me through osmosis.

Osmosis

sounds good, is nice.