1.11.08

dictionary

The other day I heard someone on the radio who said he had read all 16 volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary. He said that by doing so he had actually read every book ever written in the modern English language. I have to admit I didn’t really understand what he meant, but I thought I’d remember it for the next time I need to say something profound.

I do that quite a lot. I hear things I don’t get, but they sound good so I save them. Jokes too. I can’t be the only person who has trouble understanding what people are laughing at. But I try to memorise them, then tell them to my friends and they laugh. I laugh too and I know I get away with it most of the time, but not every time as Keith delights in telling you.

As I was saying, this bloke with the dictionary gave me an idea. I love words. I bet that surprised you. I really do, so I thought I’d have a go at reading the dictionary. I used to use a lot of long words when I was a kid and my friends used to say I swallowed the dictionary. I assured them I hadn’t, I mean it would be a bit difficult wouldn’t it, unless it was printed on that edible paper. Someone gave me some panties made of that stuff once. I didn’t fancy eating them though.

So I got my pocket dictionary and started reading. It was so boring. I got as far as D though. I noticed some odd things along the way, like abbreviated is a very long word and dyslexic is a hard one to spell which seems a bit unfair. What if a dyslexic person had to fill in a job application and needed to mention his problem? He wouldn’t be able to spell it.

The reason I’m telling you all this is because the other day we all met for a pub quiz and I was the star of the show. I think Keith will be praising me in his next post, so I won’t say any more! Cheerio new friends.
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9 comments:

Missy said...

Well done Rosey. Keith is generous with his praises.

Giggles said...

Ha ha I love how you think Rosey! Good for you on the quiz, I would be terrible at it. I can't wait to hear Keith's take on the quiz!

Hugs Giggles

Steve said...

He did sing ya praises and I thought his singing was terrible!

The praises were good! Just the singing part was awful!

jadey said...

Very nicely done Rosie can't wait to hear more.

Shadow said...

well done on the pub quizz. and i gotta agree with you regarding that horrid word dyslexia!

Janet said...

VERY interesting observations on those words, Rosey. I like that kind of thing. For instance, the word "monosyllabic" isn't.

gautami tripathy said...

Rosey, can you come visit me for a quiz?

Preethi said...

dyslexic.. liked your take on that!! :)

paisley said...

rosey!!! i feel as if i know you... i have enjoyed spending many a moment with you in keith's ongoing tales of the pub escapades,, and it will be my pleasure to come here and share them directly with you...

glad to have you aboard my friend,,, now we have someone we can trust to give us the skinny on keith!!!!!