In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Dictionary, Shmictionary.”
(Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).
My fist attempt to the Daily Post Writing Prompt.
“Dictionary, Shmictionary.” sounds so much like “Chai, Wai” or “Paisa, Waisa”.
Well, there have been many instances which I do not seem to remember in particular right now. I think every writer face this situation while they are trying to draft something when a certain word pops up in your mind and you just write it and then write click to check its synonyms. It happens with me most of the times. I don’t know from where those words come from but they just appear. I think our brain is a mini dictionary which fits up things even if it appears before you for a fraction of a second and before you could see it or apprehend it the brain stores it right away.
I remember while I was in college doing my Bsc we had one Prof. who used to teach us Botany. Now every time he came we used to control ourselves because the way he pronounced certain terms tickled out bones like hell. E.g Fungi he would say “FuunGaai” and Algae he would pronounce as “Algi”. On a certain day I and my friend just could not control our laughter and we giggled like small 3 year old girls. Anybody would get offended, he was too and yes we were pushed out of the classroom. It was so embarrassing. And the most embarrassing thing was that Prof. was my neighbor.
Ok, now I remember one more instance. Yes, the brain dictionary has stated functioning all of a sudden 🙂
The word -“puddle”. Yes, that’s so embarrassing to confess that I discovered the meaning of the word puddle after I started working (that must be some 5-6 years back). So, I had to go and interview somebody (I was a reporter) and it was in the month of July. I was in Pune and my colleague advised me to take an alternate route as the other must be full of muddy puddles. I promptly said yes and then again went back to my desk saying I had forgotten to take print out of the questionnaire (Obviously I lied). I went back to my desk and goggled “Puddle” to know what it meant. That time I didn’t had a smart phone.
Well it was very embarrassing. But then you keep growing and keep learning all the time.
My little one who is 2years 10 months now keep saying “Mumma, lets jump on the muddy puddle please”, I smile and say, yes muddy puddle, why not, lets jump right away.
Such small joys!
And yes, I made a post on Muddy Puddle few days back. If you want you can check that out too 😀