Sunday, June 12, 2011

Resolutions - who needs 'em? and other random topics

The whole idea behind a monthly recap regarding my New Year's resolutions was to make myself accountable.  But it's not working.  So we are going to abandon this topic, hopefully forever.

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I work mostly with people whose first language is not English.  Firstly, I am impressed at how well they not only speak English, but how well they understand the language.  Still, certain words seem to be mispronounced by all of them.  One that readily comes to mind is "synonyms" - my colleagues put the stress on the second syllable - syNONyms.

And then there are the words that don't seem like words:  "updation", "prepone", "parallelly".  Initially, I considered these creative alternatives, but discovered that they are in Internet dictionaries.  In my own defense, they are not in my battered 1968 edition of Webster's New World DIctionary.  It is truly a new world out there.

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I've had my NookColor for a while now, carry it with me everywhere I go, but find I don't use it very often, except to play Solitaire.  In fact, I have not been reading much lately at all.  I blame Netflix streaming for that - I am currently marching through "Law & Order: SVU".  But I did finish Birds in Fall, a sad novel about a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, and am working on another sad story, The Bird House, about a woman whose memory is failing.  Geesh, maybe I need to pick out happier themes, maybe then I would read more.

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Apropos of nothing, isn't she cute?!?