April 18, 2017

Words Mean Something

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


LindaG said...

Does it annoy you when people are always using the wrong word in a sentence? It drives me crazy and usually stops me mid-read, thus spoiling whatever they're trying to say.

Appreciate the refresher though. Thank you.

Doom said...

I get that, Sig and Linda. However, there is that... and there is far too much that. Well, and, in some contexts... and for simple readers and writers, they can be interchanged. The word, ironically, that is the most abused is... ironic. (and, yes, I was floating that out to be sunk, as a bad example, so hushutup :p )

I often read over, just filling in the word I thought was appropriate, perhaps considering the text, maybe if I am really into it I will examine the definitions and try to craft an exact word if it gets to me. More a puzzle than an annoyance, mostly... unless I can't quite fill in the blank. What is worse? Sometimes I purposefully USE the wrong word, to annoy or tease. Ironic, I know. :p

LindaG said...


Well, I understand the trying to craft an exact word. I often find myself sitting for minutes at a time because a word I know quite well insists on evading my mind.

I hope your week is going well!

sig94 said...

Minues? Heh! The older I get the longer I wait for the Word Muse to slap me upside the head. Seems she is quite busy now that the baby boomers are mostly seniors.