Friday, November 07, 2003

Dictionary Use

I had to dig out the dictionary to understand the title of Maggie Downs' column this week. I usually can get most words I don't know from their context, but I don't know what I was thinking today. The word I did not know, "aural", means "of or relating to the ear or to the sense of hearing" which makes perfect sense in the context now that I know what the word means. I guess using "sex" in the title of a Enquirer column just threw me for a loop. I am surprised that Peter Bronson has not resigned for this obviously "perverse" allusion. Phil Burress will soon be getting a hundred phone calls about the "porn filled pages" of the Enquirer. "It's that Maggie Downs again, Phil," Betty Cornblough might say to Phil Burress of the CCV, "She printed that Flynt kid's story and now she has mentioned the word 'sex' in the title of her column. How can we stop this?"

Ok, Ok, Ok I jest. I am just trying to figure out a good way for not knowing what a word meant. I am attempting to use the Chewbacca defense, but I am failing, and failing big. Breaking out the dictionary feels like admiting you don't know something, and for know-it-all writers like myself, that can be a slight ego deflator.

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