Have you ever read or watched something in which the characters have accents?
Well I tend to give characters accents when I read, or sometimes they have them already. I just LOVE the different terms for, well, overused American terms. I suppose I’d feel like British terms were overused if I happened to have had a British accent. But I just think other regions’ colloquial terms are simply brilliant. Like that, ‘brilliant’ you don’t typically hear Americans saying that something is brilliant; they usually say it’s amazing or awesome. Seriously. Over. Used. Words.
But, every time I want to use one of these terms:
brilliant, becoming (as in attractive), fetching, comely, exclaim something like that’s mad!, lass, ken (I’m reading a scottish book at the mo’, ye ken?)
I feel like everyone is going to judge me or think, what’s with her? is she trying to be something she’s not? why can’t she just talk normal? is she trying to be better than the rest of us?
… which is my problem because I don’t particularly wish to be judged, but really why should I care? well, now we get into societal issues and you really don’t want me to start on those… but I’ve already had people asking me why I use such big words? do I just want to flaunt my intelligence? (really I don’t mean to claim that I am any more intelligent than anyone else) or what?
and I suppose the answer is this: I find that the English language is beautiful. Granted, there are certainly times where it is completely insufficient, but I’ve found that a magnificently constructed sentence causes me the greatest joys. I find so much comfort in written works, works that often contain exotic words and expressions, that I simply cannot imagine living in a world where I am looked down upon for using another society’s colloquialisms.
So maybe I’ll get over my not-entirely-irrational fear that others are judging me and finally be able to utilize my vocabulary to it’s fullest potential, or maybe, eventually, I’ll just learn to not care what anyone thinks of me.
but until then, expect strange terms in my posts, because I know you won’t judge me… will you?