1. No, I don't speak 10 different languages.
2. No, that is not where I learned to hate grammatical errors (I can thank my lawyer father and English teacher mother for that).
3. Yes, a degree in Linguistics is in no way applicable to a real world job.
4. Yes, I knew #3 and still majored in it.
Even though I knew I was going to need more schooling after getting this random degree, I loved every second of it...except for a few tear-inducing courses. I'm looking at you, Semantics.
You may wonder, "What, then, did you actually learn in four years?" I would have to answer that question with the beauty of language. The variety of sounds we can make is astounding. I love listening to people speak foreign languages, not only because it makes me feel cool by association, but because it's beautiful.
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I'm sure you've heard enough of my babbling and what to know what I'm getting at. Well, I've decided that Wednesdays are for words on INM. Every Wednesday, I will share with you a word or group of words that I find noteworthy. Often, I'll share a word because I love the way it sounds. Other times, I love a word's definition. Sometimes, I love how a word's definition seems to contradict the way it sounds. And, on some occasions, I cannot stand a word.
Each week I want to share a word or two with you. I will try to switch things up, and share words I dislike, as well as those I love. I hope that you will share your thoughts on each word, whether you hate it, are indifferent, or love it as much as I do.
And now, without further ado, the inaugural Word on Wednesday is:
Lacking in courage or strength of purpose; faint-hearted, craven, cowardly
Origin : classical Latin pusillus very small (diminutive of pusus boy) + animus soul, mind
Definition and origin adapted from the Oxford English Dictionary.
Love it? Like it? Hate it? What are your thoughts on the Words on Wednesday installments?