There are always firsts. Today I had a client tell me his story was “interesting” and it actually was. That is a first.
Sometimes the things people say really have a way of sticking with me. One of the stickiest things I ever heard was from a student way back when I used to teach ESL to groups of students from around the world. This particular student (whom I remember only as male and South American) had a little notebook he carried around with him for his collection of words. What he was collecting, however, was not just random words, but words that could serve both as nouns and verbs. He thought this was about the most amazing thing ever and he would chortle with glee whenever a new one came up.
Gardening in my garden. Shovel with that shovel. Plant the plant. Hammer with a hammer. Chalking something up with chalk. And so on.
He would sometimes take words and randomly add an -ing onto them to see if he got a winner. Tabling. Charting. Papering. Nothing made him happier to randomly stumble across a “new” word by -inging things.
It stuck with me because it was such a fresh take on something I used all the time but had never thought about before. It’s one of the few instances when English can be said to be “easy”.
Interestingly, braining does not mean thinking hard. Hmm.
And you thought I was going to tell you the “interesting” client’s story. I’m not.
Also today I’m going to let you draw your own parallels between having an outsider’s perspective to one’s native tongue and the way in which one see one’s house when items are being considered for removal. I’m sure there is a connection to be made there.
Day 290 scorecard: 1450 down, 375 to go