Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vocabulary and Underwear

Friends,

I am here to tell you that Pickles is absolutely the best comic...although I am certain that it could be debated. ;-) Earl and Opal just crack me up. In one particular strip, Opal tells Roscoe (the dog) to "stop being obsequious." Earl says, "obsequious?" "Yes, it means compliant or subservient" says Opal. She goes on to say..."I believe that good vocabulary is very important." Earl's response is, "I believe that a good vocabulary is like underwear. Everyone should have it, but they shouldn't show it off." Point well taken, Earl. Except, there is just a time and place, where certain words work better than others.

Today is the 45th anniversary of the wonderful nanny movie Mary Poppins....and it is now out on DVD. One of the poignant parts of the movie is when George Banks is having to come before the board at the bank, whereby he is promptly humiliated and told he would no longer be working for the bank. Exasperated, George comes to grips with the fact that his nanny, Mary Poppins is right, and that there is only one word that would work in his current situation and make him feel better -- supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. If there was ever a word that would suffice as the standard for vocabulary words...this would have to be it, right?

So, with all due respect to Earl's sentiment, I have to agree with George and Opal and say...there is a time and place for certain especially fitting words, just because they work. So, with this in mind...and with tongue firmly planted in cheek...I wish you a propitious and felicitous day. :-)
Blessings,

Don

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Middle Man said...

Thanks for your encouragement. I visited your sight and have read some of your writings...they are compelling. I see some similarities in the way that we write. Blessings, Don