Wednesday, December 20, 2006


My mother collected words which used to end in -ed but no longer use the ending. I know, some people collect thimbles or stamps. I even have a friend who collects Lincolns. But my mother collected words.

It piqued my interest but I tend to forget the words as soon as I notice them. I've got iced tea, waxed paper, barbed wire and here's a new one: hedged fund. Scroll down to "Origins and definitions." I've forgotten how to do that in the link.

Dropping the -ed may make pronunciation simpler. But it blurs the line between nouns and adjectives. No wonder young people have trouble diagramming sentences. Well, maybe that's not the main reason.

Okay. Some days start out stranger than others. But you go ahead with the day you've got, not the day you wish you had.


Darlene said...

Yeah, we have to go with the day we've got, but sometimes I sure wish I could have the day I wish I had.

What a neat "ed" game. I'm too worn out now to rise to the challenge. Otherwise you'd have my brain working overtime. I'm the same way as your mother, but my thing is zip codes. I do bulk mailings at work, among other things, and have unintentionally memorized zip codes. As a result, I know all 5 digits of many cities in my state, and if I don't know them exactly, I can usually come up with the first three digits. For other states, I can usually get the first, or first two.

I guess you can imagine what happens when I'm with a group of friends, or even a stranger, and they mention a city or state. Yep, I rise to the challenge and blurt out a zip code. Can't help it--it's a challenge! But I sure get some strange reactions.

Anonymous said...

Well, Darlene could have been "tired" instead of "worn out" and she would have had one right there!