I have been friends with someone since high school named Dustin. He was ever the person who felt the need to learn new words just to show off his extensive vocabulary. This alone led to numerous fights between the two of us because Dustin liked to compose songs using these words.
I distinctly remember our first argument about a word. I politely informed him that the word jaded had no place in a song because the rhythm of it would be off and most people didn’t know what in the heck it meant. A few years later Aerosmith put out a song called… “Jaded”. Obviously I lost that battle. Damn it.
However, there have been numerous other words to come from his mouth that he thought would be great in songs. I would hear these words come from him, then sit and stare at him like multiple alien heads popped forth from his stomach, and all of them were shouting “colloquial” at me. Seriously? Colloquial in a love song?
Fast forward several years and here I am on Xanga. I start noticing that there are several people blogging on Xanga who have such a mouthful of words in every written sentence, that I know I must at the very least guzzle a gallon of coffee, smoke twice, do 60k jumping jacks, and then pray I am awake enough to interpret their vocabulary. My question is what is the point aside from being a vocabulary elitist?
Let’s be realistic about it people. Xanga is not full of people who carry a pocket dictionary, and even if it were full of those types, a pocket dictionary would stare back and you and say “Seriously, do you think that damn word is in a pocket sized dictionary? REALLY?” I can’t believe that people who write this way would say they are trying to gain a specific audience with their ramblings either given that the number of subscribers they have attained. Although perhaps the people who subscribed think they can lay their head against the monitor in an attempt at cyber vocabulary osmosis.
I can honestly say here, I am warning you now that if anyone ever said to me “Jill, you should use bigger words on your blog!!!” I would answer in the words of Captain Barbosa:
I am disinclined to acquiesce your request. For those who do not carry a pocket dictionary and have failed in life by not watching Pirates of the Caribbean : It means no.