Numerology was not something I really delved into, but there’s been a lot of this stuff out there. New Year’s Day was 1/1/11, and of course there’s today, and then Veteran’s Day will be 11/11/11. Binary numbers, yes? Wonder what that means? I wasn’t much of a math person either; hence, my chosen field dealing with WORDS.
I love words. I love learning new words. I love figuring out how to write words on the silly little steno machine. I especially love it when friends share their ways of writing words that I hate to write so that I may incorporate that new way of writing.
I love reading. A lot. But I find myself a proofreader and it seems to detract from my reading enjoyment. Have you noticed lately that few editors really care about the possessive apostrophe? “Its” and “it’s” happens incorrectly A LOT in my reading world. (Not in my transcript production world, trust me.)
Richard Lederer (Conan the Grammarian?) said once that our language continues to evolve. I suppose that’s okay, evolution implying moving forward. What saddens me is the devolution of people’s ability to understand the basic constructs of our language, spelling, and vocabulary.
I guess I’m an old fogey. And that’s why I love my job with the NC Business Court – lawyers arguing using flowery language artfully. Nobody speaks like that anymore. I feel sorry for the younger generations that don’t have a handle on the beauty that is our language and rely on paltry little words when there are so many beautiful adjectives out there to describe things.
Fortunately, I have many pages to produce where I may listen/read the attorneys’ argument and sigh blissfully at the flow of words.