Pedantic n: excessively concerned with minor details
I have realised that as I’m ageing I am becoming pedantic. I find myself correcting the newscasters. They say who instead of whom; less instead of fewer, have two choices instead of a choice, split infinitives, etc etc.
While at the hospital recently I saw a message on the wall that said if you are a woman and between the ages of 17 to 65 – or some such ages. Later I drew my daughter’s attention to the mistaken use of to instead of and. She responded with the question, did I understand what was being transmitted. Of course, I answered yes, but it still worried me. And her further response was – Well that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Then later in the week, when just thinking about nothing in particular, it came to me that I was becoming pedantic. The…
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I’m with you! I’m the pedantic one in my family. Until now, I’ve corrected children and grandchildren. I told them I didn’t want them to sound uneducated. Starting this moment, I vow to keep my mouth shut. They don’t care about correct grammar, and their peers don’t, either. Nothing can stop me from noticing mistakes and mentally correcting them. I intend for my mind to remain sharp, even when my tongue is blunted.
Thank goodness, I’m not alone. From now on, I will continue to keep my comments to myself, but that doesn’t mean I won’t still be making them house. Hope you had a happy Christmas, although as we know, the first one is the hardest, and this wishes for the coming year
I did have a very happy Christmas. It was quite different with John gone, but it was full of love and joy.
Happy New Year!!
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