So I was on the Twitter the other day chatting with my good friend Possum from Life’s Too Short to Play Possum, who I love and completely agree with as far as her statement/blog title goes. But I do have a little, minor, teensy suggestion. I think including “but it’s not too short to play dumb” in the tag line would really make the whole thing sing. Life may be too short to play dead, but it’s never too short to play dumb. Know what I mean?
Anyways, we got to tweeting back and forth, and that’s when I came up with a brilliant idea. Yes, another one. And Possum totally got my back on this. That’s what I love about her. She’s so supportive. I said I was “thinking about doing a definition section on my blog,” and she said, “Do it,” and I said, “If you say so, I will damn it.” And this blog post was born. It’s all right here, see?
So now I’m doing it. And it’s all thanks to Possum.
I did have to give the whole thing some serious thought, though. I mean how would this new section be executed and when and what would I call it? Then it hit me. Word to Your Motha Wednesdays.
So here it is – although the first one has already been done for me (see above).
The thing is I like learning new words and Possum likes learning new words, and I figured maybe other people like learning new words, too, so why not learn new words together? And together we can appear to know things. Mostly useless, impractical, nonsensical things, but things that will give the appearance of intelligence none-the-less.
The seed for this idea was actually planted a long time ago, back before I entered the witness protection program and reinvented myself here. With my old Twitter account I posted tweets I liked to call Learn English. It was a quasi-response to fortune cookies and their insidious plot to trick the western world to “Learn Chinese.” I mean should we really be diverting our precious time and effort to learn another language before many of the nation’s population has even mastered the English one? So I started the Learn English Campaign. And I wanted to bring the campaign back to the people in a more user-friendly, effective, one-stop-shopping kind of way. Word to Your Motha I realized is the perfect vehicle for that. Now every Wednesday I will post a rare, unusual or neglected but perfectly good word to reintegrate into the modern lexicon. I will also offer up useful tips in how to incorporate these words into everyday, casual conversation starting with decorticate. Decorticate – v.t. To remove the bark, husk or outer covering from. Example of use in a simple sentence: At the family bbq Joe and John decorticated all the corn. Even if it sounds a little kinky, the preceding sentence shows perfectly acceptable usage. (I would never suggest using a kinky word at a family bbq.)
Please join me each week for a new installment of Word to Your Motha Wednesdays. Together we can ensure these words have a long and properly-used future.
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