I love language. Maybe that’s why I became an English teacher. As a teacher, I always pushed vocabulary, stressing that the more word choices one has contributes to their being understood and to their understanding others. Because I love words, I love playing with words. I have never turned away a good pun. Creatively, I have invented terms that weren’t legally words but seemed to fit the situation, such as the word “alonely.” Because “alone” and “lonely” have different connotations, “alonely,” to me, combines the two meanings. A friend of mine coined a word giving another noun to the redneck vocabulary. His created word was “redneckedness,” the art of being a redneck. Once, when I was drinking Slim Fast trying to reduce my weight, a friend told me I needed to drink Slim Faster. During my classroom days teaching in middle school, I taught my students vocabulary words and then, when testing them, would ask them to use the words in proper context in a sentence. Two of the most wonderful examples of sentences that went awry were: (1) when asked to use the word “cloister” in a sentence, I got “The nuns were preying in the cloister.” (2) When asked to use the word “principal” in a sentence, I got “The voice of the principal came over the inner calm.” Words can be delicious, don’t you agree?
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