Remember that song? It was wildly popular, at least in Europe, early 80’s. That guy must have been a one-hit-wonder … a flash in the pan.
Anyway, that title came to mind when I was pondering the subject for today’s post: words! A while back I wrote about the word «awry» … I think it was in my other blog. I’d used to word ‘awry’ when speaking, but never needed to write it/spell it. However, I’d seen the word ‘awry’ written, but never put the two together. When I read it, in my head I pronounced it «AWE-reeh», and luckily I never had to read it out loud LOL. I don’t remember how I found out … how I got it right, finally, but somehow I did.
The other day, another word like that was revealed: «epitome». This is a word I’ve used many, many times, but never needed to write it … I do remember trying to type it, one time, but got the red underscore, indicating I didn’t spell it right … no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get the spelling right so I just found some work-around and moved on.
I’ve seen the word ‘epitome’ many times, when reading, but never bothered to look it up, even though I slightly wondered what it meant. It was the same phenomenon as with ‘awry’ … I never put two and two together. This one was actually worse — I realise I would never have been able to figure this one out, unless I’d taken time out to look up ‘epitome’.
In my mind, I pronounced it «EPI-tome»!!! 😀 When I pronounced it in real life, I guess I got sloppy and almost said it like ‘e-PI-demy’, that’s why I never could get it right in the spell-checker.
This showed up in some article I was reading, and I burst out laughing when I finally realised what epitome was! I was thankful I found out, because this is a word I’ve used more than awry.
As a non-native English-speaker, I think one is more inclined to think about stuff like this, and grammar. There’s a song, they keep playing on the Country Radio now, where he sings, in the chorus line: ‘my baby don’t love me any more’. Each time I hear it, I keep thinking … “and you know WHY your baby doesn’t love you any more?! Because your grammar is so poor!” LOL
I once made the same mistake; I said don’t instead of doesn’t — not because I didn’t know, but because I was nervous and tense, my tongue was twisting — and was immediately corrected by a friend I had. I can almost sympathize with the friend now … if you can’t even get those, very basics, right … well, then perhaps you need a refresher course 🙂
Growing up totally bilingual … what a gift that is to a child! To get two languages ‘for free’ so to speak … without the hard work it takes to learn a second language … To a child, words DO come easy!