5 days ago
Monday, March 27, 2017
When I was a child there were words I couldn't master. My tongue would just mangle them beyond recognition. I would add letters, subtract them and would do the same with syllables.
I would get laughed at only once before either conquering the word or dropping them for substitutes but that first laughed at episode always stayed with me. I lived by my Mom's favorite saying that "only a fool makes the same mistake twice".
I mentioned previously that we had no TV as children for my mother thought we would quit communicating. She was pretty darn right it turned out.
Before the days of vacant minds, blank stares, and only talking during commercials, we played games. Some board games, some card games but mostly word games. The latter required no props.
As the youngest, my favorite was, "I spy with my little eye something that starts with----". I would then give the first letter of the thing I saw and it would be up to the rest of the players to identify what I "spied." The other players were only allowed 3 guesses. Kind of the word game equivalent to "Go Fish."
When I realized I had a problem with words and spelling was when I stumped the bunch with "I see something that starts with M." Each took their 3 tries and failed. Finally when they granted me my victory they asked what the "M" was. "Manoleum" I proudly said. Even then it took a while for them to realize I meant linoleum.
I was given grace after much hooting of foul play but I finally ruined my credibility with "I see something that starts with P." Again no one guessed and once more I smugly pronounced-"pusghetti" for spaghetti. Boy did that take me back.
Now I eventually out grew most of the glaring mispronunciations but not completely. Of course all I have to do is not use them in my everyday language but when I read the words, my mind screws them up and I know I am wrong.
These are some of the words I struggle with today.
RECIDIVISM has been dumbed down to "repeat offending" in my oral vocabulary. Somehow I do fine till I reach the "vism" part then I tangle up and add syllables if I can finish at all.
CACOPHONY. This word I can pronounce but only after sounding it out slowly like a 3 rd grader. To my distress, I recently read a book where this was the author's favorite word and each time, I had to sound it out. Sheesh. What is wrong with noise, racket or clamor?
PEREMPTORY. I get the meaning when reading this, mostly in legal novels, but in my head I am thinking it wrong and my mind knows I'm wrong. I add an unnecessary "A" and double "P" to the mix. I won't tackle it if I am trying to impress.
COPERNICUS. Ok this is a name, not a word but it is one I have seen and said several times in 77+ years but when I see it in print, it is a struggle every time. I read a book a while back that repeatedly refers to Nicholas Copernicus. Each of the at least 20 references to his last name, I had to sound it out in my head like a child.
Hum, wonder if there is a nice scientific three letter acronym for what ails me. Maybe, PPB (poor phonics background)?
Ooh, ooh, I think I may have conquered three of these just now by writing about them. Suddenly they seem so simple. Time will tell. However Nicholas's last name is still giving me fits. It just doesn't sound like it looks.
Are there words that stymie you today and you avoid or do you bull dog though till you conquer them??
at 7:00 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti