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Adventures in grammar

Following a discussion of what the noun form of “flaccid” is, I vowed to Dillon, Sven, and Blake to use the word “flaccidity” at least once a day for the rest of the month. This happened near the end of last month, and so I’m now free from my bond, but I’m ashamed to say I didn’t make it. Chalk it up to not having anyone around to nudge me knowingly in the ribs, to clear their throat at appropriate lulls in the conversation, and so jog my memory on the topic of flaccidity. I think most people don’t realize what a useful word it is. For example: “The flaccidity of the bingo-player’s upper arm was matched only by her loosely swinging jowls as she shouted her win.” Or: “As Rahul curled a tenuous fist around the sea cucumber, he couldn’t help but notice the acute flaccidity of its body.” The permutations are endless, but most of these gems went to waste in the dankest reaches of my subconscious, all because no one reminded me. In case you’re wondering, yes, I do stay up nights thinking of clever uses for obscure words.

Speaking of skill with words, this guy is worth a click or two. He takes random categories of objects or concepts and assigns them a letter grade, justifying his choice with some pretty hilarious rhetoric. I especially like his ratings of danger signs, and the ones for spidey’s powers aren’t bad either.

I Watched Igby Goes Down tonight, the extreme awesomeness of which I can’t stress enough. All the characters are distinct and interesting, and downright vituperative in their witty dialogue. In my imagination, this is the way my friends and I talk: conversations rife with literary allusions, sharp rejoinders, and articulately crafted smart-ass responses to unassuming questions. I try to do my part, but at some point I’ll have to come to terms with the fact that scripted conversations are capable of nuances I’ll never achieve in improvised exchanges. Maybe I’ll bring flaccidity back into the mix. It might make all the difference.

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