Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream. (lost_angel) wrote,
Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream.

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Thoughts From the Car-Ride Home

-- Where does the word Hallelujah come from? Does it have its own meaning, or is it just the phonetics of a joyful noise?

-- I adore Simon & Garfunkel. Their lyrics (which I've been told were more Paul's than Art's) are some of the best in all of music's history. I squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises... and ...freshly fallen silent shroud of snow... are a couple of the most popular and easily recognizable.

While on the way to Tupelo, I explained to zordac that I'd always thought that Mrs. Robinson was about a mother/housewife who was admitted to a rehab clinic/mental health facility. He admitted that while he'd known the words by heart for years, he'd never thought of what the lyrics meant. But he expounded on my thoughts and theorized that the song might be about Marilyn Monroe. It fits perfectly that way! However, when zordac looked it up on the net somewhere, one page explained that while Mrs. Robinson was written specifically for the soundtrack for The Graduate, Simon had been writing it initially to be about a Mrs. Roosevelt. Now none of it makes sense. I liked my and zordac's explanation better.

-- Adverbs are the most abused words in the English language. Because they are morally flexible (they work to describe nearly everything but nouns, including verbs, adjectives and even other adverbs), people throw them around to add weight to their speech and wind up botching it all instead. Everyone knows how overused the word like is, but what about two others that are also horribly overused, just and so.

Instead of using the wide range of adverb possibilities like extremely or very or rather or perfectly or only or simply or the hundreds of other words that could be used, people have a tendency to through in just and so instead of thinking just a fraction of a second longer and selecting a word that might actually add more meaning or specificity instead of more vague and empty descriptions.

What's worse is when these nickel-whore words are used together, right next to each other! Example: It was just so amazing. or I was just so tired. Why not simply say I was very tired or The only reason was that I was rather sleepy. See? However, I'd rather not overly rely on adverbs in the first place. Loaded verbs can be the most tactile and layered desciptors in a sentence.

-- I need to fix my jewelry (super glue!) and clean my fingernails.

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