Saturday, September 17, 2011

In which I conquer a fear

I was walking in the woods with George today when I realised something: I am scared of exaggeration. (But not any more you see.)

I was, as is my wont, writing a blog post in my head as I walked and it was fine until I came to the bit where I had to say 'exaggerate'.
'I'll have to think of a different word,' I said to George. 'I can't spell exaggerate.'
'So you're going to run away from it?' he asked.
'Yes. That action has stood me in good stead in the past.'
'Wouldn't it be easier to learn how to spell it?'
('Oh, I can spell "it"! Boom boom!)

I stopped mid track. Learn how to spell exaggerate? Is that asking too much of a woman of my age? Can I do it? I can but try.
'Thank you, George, that is excellent advice. I shall look up exaggerate in my trusty Chambers dictionary when I get home.'

Exaggerate. It's easy: 2 gs, 1 x and 1 r. And it stays that way for exaggeration too.

Are there any words you're scared of?


Ole Phat Stu said...

Floccipaucinihilipilification ;-)

Liz said...

Pah! That doesn't frighten me at all!

katney said...

I could not spell forty till I was. If something came to forty something dollars I would buy something else so I could write a check for fifty. Or get change back.

Or do you keep the u in the British spelling?

In which case, I simply could not decide if I was American or British and jsut wavered back and forth till I was 40.

katney said...

And my fingers just cannot spell just. I just have to do something about that.

nick said...

Onomatopoeia? Goodness, I got it right first time. Strange I can remember that when I can't remember the title of the film I saw last night....

Ole Phat Stu said...

The 2 Ronnies had spelling problems too :-