Monday 1 May 2017

No matter how I try, I'm still not the better of my foolish pride

Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones

John Masterson

I have always prided myself on being good with words, grammar and spelling. There are people I spend time with who view themselves similarly. We spend hours going over the howlers we have seen and heard in the last while and feel superior. Pride, as we all know is the predecessor to a fall.

Over the years I have occasionally been horrified when I discover a mistake I have made. I spelt 'environment' as 'enviorment' for many years when studying psychology and was only corrected when I submitted the first draft of a typed thesis. This says something about either lecturers who marked handwritten essays or, more likely, reminds me that my handwriting is even worse than I thought.

I have a friend, whose writing is illegible, who regularly reminds me that good handwriting is "a dunce's accomplishment". I pretend to agree.

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