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March 17, 2008 |
I'm 65 and have always been pretty happy with my use of the English language. However, in the last few years, I've noticed that every once in a while misspeak. Example: I was telling someone that an acquaintance was a lovely person and was "self-defecating!" It made me think of the friend who said that his golf wasn't so good these days, he was rather "erotic" on the course. In both cases, the speakers knew as soon as the flubs were out of their mouths that they had made a big mistake. So, how about you? Are your sixties having any effect on your loquaciousness?
Those aren't mistakes, Mary, those are comic inventions and I think that "self-defecating" points toward a new career for you as a writer it's a phrase that anyone would be tickled to have invented. An "erotic" golfer strikes me as off kilter but "self-defecating" is brilliant. As for me, what I have to fight, at 65, is the lumbering pretentious voice of the great white male. That is why I don't teach and I'm avoiding politics this year. The risk of self-defecation is too great.