5 responses to “Recommended Reading for May 25th, 2010”

  1. Dorian

    AUGH. Now I am realizing that I made a typo in that post. It is in your pull-quote: “whatersplainer” should read “whateversplainer”. How embarrassing.

    But this is a wonderful round-up, and thank you so much for including me in it! I am both surprised and pleased.

  2. Lindsay

    Embarrassingly, for a former English major, I lost words, even simple ones. “You know, those things! They go on feet!” I’d cry, frustrated.

    “Shoes? my mom would ask. “Socks?”

    Ha, I get this too, and I was also an English major! (among other things). I think the verbal skills that allow you to succeed as an English major (i.e., close reading, writing) do not overlap completely with those that allow you to be a fluent speaker of conversational English.

    When I lose words, I tend to draw or mime whatever it is in the air. I can see what it is, as vividly as if it’s hovering there in front of me; I just can’t always name it.

  3. jeneli

    “I can see what it is, as vividly as if it’s hovering there in front of me; I just can’t always name it.”

    This happens to me all the time, and I was an English major as well, heh. I say to my girlfriend “Please pass me the thing! No, the thing. The *blue* thing!” and she’s like “cup? toothbrush? teapot?” and actually it’s none of these things, it’s a biro.

    Apparently the part of the brain that deals with speech is separate to the part of the brain that deals with other kinds of communication (writing, etc) – so I’m wondering if I could write down what I mean to say instead of doing my usual flap-like-a-chicken routine. I don’t suppose anyone’s tried anything like this?

  4. Norah

    In these cases, with losing words in this manner, I can neither speak it or write it down, because I guess it´s unreachable on a level that comes before being channelled towards either speech or writing.

    I have the same long pauses in my writing as in my speech, but no one sees it in the writing unless I want to put some ….. in, but generally I just find writing with lots of unconventional punctuation put in for effect harder to read. So in case other people do too, I don´t.

  5. Diane

    I’ve only just seen my piece was a recommended reading, thank you! I consider that very high praise, as I admire this site so much. The “shoes? socks?” line seems to be the one people laugh at/relate to the most. Ah, brain fog.

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