Terms of Endearment - A Piece Of My Mind
The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine. --Author Dorothy L. Sayers
A few months ago, I wrote a column and used the term “A hack job”. When that column came out, I got emails. Many wondered what a ‘Hack Job’ was. To some I explained, it was a job for quick cash. This bagged the question, why did I write something for quick cash. The long and the short of it was, this British publisher offered me an opportunity I couldn't pass up...so I took it. As I stated in that article, I was not truly proud of it. The three books I wrote were written quickly and I did not expect these books (which are long out of print) to haunt me. The HACK work was not my best, it surely was not my worst. However I tend to not mention those books on my resume. The money was good and paid a FEW mortgage payments and a few dinners out.
The use of language is something we have to find a happy medium with. I still use the term NEAT or NEATO…does that term make me old fashioned or strange? I don't think so. Most other people do assume so.
A newspaper editor I had many years ago, once told me, “Bennet, use nickel words instead of half a dollar ones...and watch the slang, it will get you in trouble!” Note I have never been in trouble for using florid language...maybe once. I wrote an audio review and I used the term Myopic.
The term (from Webster’s dictionary) Myopic is an adjective meaning shortsighted in every sense...usage in a sentence whether you need glasses or a new attitude, if you can't see the forest for the trees, you're myopic.
I wrote, “I would say if I was myopic in my review, I would state this was a good college try. However I am not so myopic about this project.” The person whose audio in the same paragraph in the book I reviewed said “You used the word myopic is the sentence twice. Then he again messaged and said “What's Myopic?”
So watch your language and be careful how you say it.
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Columnist: Bennet Pomerantz has covered the Audio medium for the last 20 years. He has syndicated newspaper columns, AUDIOWORLD and "Movies of Your Mind", in Affaire De Coeur Magazine. In which he showcase his vast and diverse knowledge of the spoken word medium.
He is also known as a media review critic (books, music, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs) in his weekly syndicated newspaper column "A Piece of the Page". He also is a ranked media reviewer for Amazon.com. http://www.facebook.com/bennet.pomerantz1 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org