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an Andy Rooney moment, or stop copying me!
i'm ready for my close up mr demille
You ever noticed how when you compose an LJ entry, sometimes you will use a word, euphemism, or cliche you just read in friend's a journal?  And I'm not talking about like, the word... "the" or something, but a rather unique word.  Maybe you would've used the word anyway when writing your entry, but NOW you have to worry about someone thinking your copied them.  Sometimes, maybe you really ARE copying them whether consciously or not.  Of course, that's the benefit of reading regularly, whether it be a book or a well-written blog; it serves to strengthen one's vocabulary and word choice.  I have a reasonable vocabulary, it's not like they are necessarily words I don't already know, I just might not have thought to use it had I not just seen it.  I will admit that on one occasion, one of you (huskerdude1) introduced me to a completely new word ("priapic") of which I was not familiar.  I haven't had an occasion to use it yet however. 

I'm hyper-sensitive to it, in an almost neurotic sense.  I notice when I do it, as well as when one of you do it.  I did it as recently as yesterday, inserting the word "piqued" into my Psycho Btich Magnet story after having just seen the word in atthestarz's journal.  In another nod to huskerdude1,  I've been flinging about the word "disingenuous" with shameless caprice for the past few weeks after he slung it at me in a comment.  These are certainly not isolated instances, for I catch myself doing it quite often.

Not to embarass anyone, because I'm certainly as guilty as he next person as we have seen, but I can think of two instances when I'm pretty sure this same phenomena occured in reverse.  The first of these hapened just last night, which sparked the writing of this entry.  I had just used the cliche "too much on my plate" in my entry yesterday then ran across it again in dragoneletra's journal later in the evening .  I also caught lossfound using the word "scatalogical" a day or two after my own use of it.  It's ok Rob, the only reason this one sticks out in my mind is because I stole it from an Allmusic article!

Even more curious than this phenomena is when you see it happen completely by chance, say, in two unrelated friend's journals; there's no way they could be copying each other yet they both made an identical word-choice on the same day.  I sometimes wonder if maybe it's a degrees of seperation sort of thing.  Like, they have another common friend that used the word recently, or possibly a couple of friends removed or a common community.  I've yet to see it happen, though in a word-choice being stolen from me.  I will surely let you know if it ever happens.

Of course, now I've probably made you as self-conscious and neurotic about it as me, negating the prospect of this occurence

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My goal is to use "shameless caprice" during my audit tomorrow. Or maybe my favorite made up word "importanceship".

"Do you not understand the importanceship of passing this audit? Why do you approach it with such shameless caprice?"

You could be correct there. Though I use the term on a regular basis. But it may have been an unconscious little blip on my radar that brought it to the forfront of my mind perhaps ???

Strange that.


Right, and that's kind of what I was getting at: "on my plate" is a very common cliche, and you may have used it anyway, but having "just seen" it elsewhere insured you would, probably on a very subconscious level. I'm hyper-senstivie to it though, and usually know EXACTLY where I just saw it when it pops in my head to use something. :)

I guess the majority of people take things in on a more subconsious level without realizing it, where with others it a conscious thing as well. Which, is the best way......Easier to remember, easier to recite.......


On another note, I used a new one today.
"Like lice on a mangy dog"


hahah, nice
wish i'd had that one to use when i did my little "white on rice/flies on shit" cliche thing a couple of weeks ago

You hear some very, very strange things on building sites, i'll tell ya. Though i'm usually the one who gets the looks..."Where the hell did you pull that from ??" lol


fuck me bloody (my favorite interjection)

I always try to find situations where I can use the word 'bathetic' (no, that's right, not PAthetic...BAthetic...that it may come from a marriage of bathos and pathetic. Anyway, its one of my favorites, in lexicon and in life).

I used to have a boyfriend who used the word "disingenuous" allllllllll of the damn time. For the longest time, I thought he made it up.

And speaking of that, Allmusic stole "scatological" from my journal, where my friend Stephen used it. And he really did make it up.

Scatological isn't a made up word... although apparently my errant spelling of it in the original entry is. :)

That's awesome. I decided not to make fun of you for it, so you made fun of yourself. I feel like a winner either way.

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