In the game of Telephone, by the time the message reaches the last player in the queue, it usually bears little resemblance to the initial utterance. With that in mind, here are some words that many people use frequently -- and incorrectly.
Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.
Words are everywhere, and many are strung together recklessly. People tend to pick up errant usages as easily as black velvet picks up lint. Next thing you know, someone sees that verbal atrocity as a viable expression, and the cycle continues.
Every day, I get a text with some sort of code that I can't understand. And believe me, I try to figure it out. I make up what I think the letters stand for and then hope that I'm wrong. How dare they say that?
Shakespeare may have been the first one to think of putting "leap" and "frog" together to form "leapfrog" -- but wouldn't his audience have wondered what the hell he was blathering on about? So, here are 20 words which we can say, with some certainty, originated in works of literature.
Suddenly, it began to dawn on me why we only occasionally see greatness. It's a lot of work, and most people stop long before they have something exceptional. The people we revere, are the ones who have taken the time to try and try again.
To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.
It was said of Jesus of Nazareth that he was the ultimate Word of God -- the flesh and blood embodiment of God's love and justice, "full of grace and truth" (St. John 1:14) -- and what he said, is what he meant, and what he lived.
I sounded so peculiar, what with the references to cawfee and my bawss, the long Philadelphia oooo's in "you knoooooow," my hodgepodge Berks County/Philly/Jewish mother affect. Who else tawks like that?