Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.—William Shakespeare
I am sort of astonished that this has become an issue. While I was aware that Nicole isn’t exactly what anyone would consider an educated person, I had no idea her condition was this deplorable.
Referring to the previous post, Nicole had this to say.
The Geoffrey character (who may or may not be using a real identity) got it right in that “he” seems to know the meaning of the word, but it’s quite clear that Nicole did not. The expression “smart a bit” flew right over her head.
Here’s the offending quote:
It has to smart a bit to be on a list like this, not once, but five times. . .
And then she adds this.
Regarding this one it is obvious that she thinks I made some sort of error and was using the contraction “won’t.” She had no idea what the word “wont” means, or even that such a word exists.
“Geoffrey” and Nicole both need to look shit up before making declarations. I used “sic” in that quote to make it clear that Nicole had actually used the phrase “political rants.” The usage is awkward in my opinion. I was just clarifying that I had copied her words exactly.
Of course, after a few commenters on her page corrected her erroneous (for Nicole: mistaken) assumptions, she insisted that she really knew what those words meant all along, but that I was just being presumptuous (for Nicole: trying to sound smart).
No, Nicole. I am using words to communicate. I am going to use a lot more of them. This is how I write. Really, it is. It’s also how I talk.
And no, you weren’t “familiar with them.” Nice try, though.
But you know, this brings up the subject of language and grammar in general. I know that I have a larger working vocabulary than many people do. I do not typically go around correcting other people in their use of language, or being condescending if they use words incorrectly, or misspell something on the Internet. For pity’s sake, a lot of us are typing on tiny phone screens.
I will tell you why I have a decent-sized working vocabulary.
I read a lot.
And not romance fiction. I read everything you can imagine. You know those lists of books you see every now and then, of the “100 books you should read” or “50 classics that should be on your bookshelf”? I have pretty much read them all. When you read a lot, you pick up words. It’s impossible not to do that.
And when a person has no idea that “smart” is a verb, or that the word “wont” even exists at all, I know something about that person. She doesn’t read much, if at all. (Memes and posts on Facebook, and dumbed-down internet articles do not count. I’m talking about literature, science, history. Actual books.)
She is this deficient herself while simultaneously proclaiming that “homeschooling is easy.”
One would think that if you tackle a job and are woefully ill-equipped to accomplish the task, you would be more or less aware that you are making a muddled mess out of it, but I suppose in this case, that’s not true.
I am doing this sort of grammar police thing with Nicole for only one reason. You can read all about it here.
And here’s a handy link just for Nicole. I would suggest she bookmark it and consult it often.