Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Confusing the educated masses, one word at a time

Also posted mobile-y, sorry for the spelling and grammar.

After dinner I hit a local pub I generally like, although notsomuch on Mondays. A friend from years past introduced me to his girlfriend, and her and I talked when he left to do some business of sorts.

I knew it was time to leave when this COLLEGE EDUCATED ENGLISH GRADUATED became confused by our conversion:

Me: I guess I have a flair for being histrionic, but I tend to think it's just jealousy over my urge to introduce every sense I notice in my daily journeys.

Her: Histrionic?

Me: Grandiloquent.

Her: Huh?

Me: Declamatory?

Her: I have no idea what you're talking about.

Me: Bombastic?

Her: ...

Me: Over the top? Dramatic with a capital D?

Her: Oh. You should have said dramatic.

Me: But histrionic means MEGA-dramatic.

Her: Then say mega-dramatic.

Me: Where did you get your degree from?

Her: Rutgers.

Me: Didn't they just get a Guinness Book award for having the most people dressed like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Her: Yes! I went to that.

Englih Major FAIL. Remembers a day of people dressed like weirdos, en masse, but can't decipher a simple word that ALL English majors should know, and use, daily.

I had to leave after that. My brain hurt.


Anonymous said...

Hahahaha that was hilarious, she basically went to school for the ninjas

Joy @ BigTimeFancy said...

You're terrible. Just sayin.

Melissa said...

Oh snap. Well this English major is mortified about that English major... she's givin' us a bad name! I don't think she counts though - she probably did the major because it's easy, not because she loves language. I need to know you better to know if you are indeed inclined toward histrionics though.