Variety is the spice of life.
I wonder how far back that cliche goes? I'm sure I could find out if I invested about half an hour. But I refuse to let another stupid search suck me in.
My goal is not to discuss cliches. Although I do have a particular fondness for words. The other day, when reading about another female rider at Helmet or Heels (Shelia from the UK), I was tickled to see the term "absolute numpty."
I wasn't sure what "numpty" meant, but I liked it! Probably because it was paired with "absolute." And I LOVE the way those UK folks say "absolute" and "absolutely" when using it to describe stuff. They emphasize the first and third syllables and really draw the word out.
Again, I could probably do a search to find an audio of that pronunciation. But I won't.
Instead I'll show you my latest Google map and tell you my lesson learned for the day.
Can you make sense of that map? Yeah, me either.
I'd planned a route using Google maps. Then I revised the route and saved the new version over top of the old version. I was thinking it would be like saving a new Word file over an old Word file with the same name. You know, where the new file replaces the old.
Google maps doesn't work like that. It commingles things. So I ended up with one very confusing map.
When I saw this maze of a route, I felt like an absolute numpty!
In case you're wondering, numpty = idiot. It was voted the UK's favorite word back in 2007.
Yes, I had to look it up. I was pretty sure it probably meant something like idiot, but had to check first.
You have to be careful with some words, you know. Americans tend to use terms differently than people in the UK. English isn't always plain.
"Wanker" is a good example. In the US, it's a pretty tame word that's low on the vulgarity scale. It's about the equivalent of calling someone a jerk, dodo, or butthead.
In the UK, it's considered quite vulgar.
I would probably never use the "F-bomb" in a blog post. But I would feel fine saying wanker repeatedly.
Wanker, wanker, wanker, WANKER, wanker. See?
But I don't live in the UK. It'll be interesting to see if I have any followers living in the UK or of UK origin that can weigh in on the topic.
Anyway, my point is... if you're ever in the UK and feel the need to insult someone, you may want to go with numpty as opposed to wanker. For your own safety.
Are you now as bored as these dogs look? Sorry.
This post was about as organized as that Google map. But maybe, just maybe, if you actually read this far, you learned something.
No? Well, at least you got to see that cute picture of my dogs.