A CHILDHOOD MEMORY -
My last entry here caused me to have several childhood memories in relationship to the English language.
When I attended grammer school from the second grade onto the sixth grade it was a routine of all teachers to have a list of twenty words on the blackboard every Monday morning. We were given time to copy the words and this was our spelling lesson for the week. On Friday we had a spelling test. The procedure in my home was that on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I was responsible for washing the dinner dishes while mother dried. My spelling words were pinned up above the sink and I spelled them out to my mother. I always loved this special time with her.
When I was a child it was the custom in our home that the dinner meal was not served until our father was home from work. Mother and father took their respective places at the head and foot of the table with children seated on each side. This was a time when my parents discussed their day, settled any household problems, discussed the news of the day and of course, each child was given time to report on his or her day and to ask questions and generally participate in the conversation.
I was about 10 years old when the following incident occured. Home on a
Friday, with an A on my spelling test I was so proud of myself. I could hardly wait for dinner. The teacher had given me two new words to try out on my parents! I was so excited! Another ritual of our dining table was to ask mother "may I be excused" when we had finished eating our meal. After I asked, mother always replied with, "have you had enough to eat?" My response this evening was "yes mother, I have had a superfluous amount any more would be a superfluity." My father sat with gaping mouth and my mother could not believe that I know those words. Vocabulary was very important in our home!!!
Julia, I agree with you, a post is something you attach fence wire or boards to. Since I do not live on a farm I think of a post as the newel at the foot of a stair case. So many words with dual meanings often confuse us. From now on I will not "post" my blog but I will "enter" material on my blog. Incidentaly, I do not find the word "blog" in my dictionary. What is the meaning of "blog?" Is it a descriptive word meaning everyone's area in cyberspace? Food for thought.