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"The only thing about Anathema her teachers had the nerve to upbraid her for was her spelling, which was not so much appalling as 300 years too late." ~ Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
"The only thing about Anathema her teachers had the nerve to upbraid her for was her spelling, which was not so much appalling as 300 years too late." ~ Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I love this book. It takes me forever and a day to read, but it’s still SO good.

There’s a running gag in our house that I’m slowly recreating the English language. Between my novel way of spelling things, tendency to create words when I can’t think of them and strange pronunciations, our household vocabulary doesn’t exactly match up with any dictionary in print.

While my off the wall word generation is primarily fueled by mistakes borne of dyslexia, there are also regional differences. I got to thinking about it when I came across the below video

I’m originally from upstate New York, while my husband has lived in Minnesota his entire life. We still have regular debates over whether the sugary, carbonated beverages sold in stores are “soda” or “pop”.

For the record, they’re soda. Pops are either candy, frozen summer treats on sticks or a mild to moderate act of violence.

So there.

Anyway, it’s all a part of language’s evolution. New words are created all the time and existing words’ meanings change as well. It is important to watch how we use language, but there’s a certain degree of flexibility needed when interacting with people from other places or different types of neurology.

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