CHAPTER 115 :
A couple of days ago I was scrolling through my list of blogpost ideas in search of some thrilling content that would kickstart my writing and drum up your enthusiasm, as well, when I came across two topics I had often thought of throwing into the " not-worth publishing " bucket.
I was about to walk the talk, when I had a light-bulb moment.
After all, " Vocabulary " and " Grammar " could be worthwile topics, but which one to choose ?
The clock was ticking, the deadline to publish getting closer and closer, so it was high time to make up my mind.
" Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, ..."
Vocabulary ! Yes, the die has been cast, this week I'll tell you about vocabulary.
Hey you, relax ! I won't be hoity-toity, and make a fool of myself. I wager that if I start ' wikipedizing ' and babbling on what is vocabulary, you'll roll your eyes, shrug your shoulders and move on ! No way !
No, when I say I'll tell you about vocabulary, I mean, I'll tell you a story about vocabulary, or I should say , about a lack of vocabulary, and I hope it will make you crack a smile and help those of you who are learning a foreign language and still struggling with words, phrases, idioms and whatnot !
But why such an off-puting topic ?
Well, English is not my mother tongue, and I keep quite a few bitter memories of getting into trouble, because I was stumped for words.
No, once more, ' I had a brush ' with vocabulary . That's when I realized that words can play tricks on non-native speakers.
I confused ' to eat ' and ' to feed ', or to be honest, I knew the noun
' food ', but didn't know you just had to change double 'o' into double
' e ' to turn it into a verb.
So, of course, when I said that that I would eat the dog, everybody
What a mess I had got in and what a galoot I was !
In a split second, my imagination ran riot and I could see the red warning " Revenge is a dish best savoured cold " flashing in their minds !
Before being sentence to a harsh punishment for dog bullying, I rushed to the kitchen and came back, holding my so-called victim's bowl tight , and looking, I guess, just like a blithering idiot !
It took me several years and several misundertandings and blunders to realize that building your vocabulary is a ceaseless job, but so exhilarating that it is worth it !
Well , this week I had promised not to be hoity-toity, but I can't help ending this post by quoting Evelyn Waugh ( 1903-1966):
" One forgets words as one forgets names.
One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die. "
So, whatever the language you are learning, just remember that the more words you know, the easier it will be not to get into a pretty pickle .
That's all for this weeks, folks !
Getting stuck on some words or phrases of this post, cause English is not your mother tongue ? Drop me a mail, and I'll help you through this tricky text.
DON'T FORGET : BE PERKY !