Based on: Babble | Daily Inkling.
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We all have words we can’t seem to properly say. List the words you just can’t spit out, and then write a story with them.
In many ways, I am not a normal person – perhaps a surprising revelation considering I run a blog called Normal Happenings. Honestly, I remind myself of a robot sometimes, especially when it comes to the concept of words.
Words are particularly special to me. Sometimes I view them as living things. They always have been, in many ways, my greatest ally in moving beyond my own nature and becoming something greater than myself — well, excepting one word in particular.
I pride myself in having an ever-expanding vocabulary, and feel I would be doing myself a disservice if I weren’t adding to that repository of communication tools every day. Should someone drop a word undiscovered by me into a conversation, they have inadvertently offered me a gift greater than they realize.
My robot brain categorizes words into three categories.
Category 1: common words that are comprehensible to nearly everyone. Often I consider this a base language, and I have spent years perfecting the art of using as many of these as possible to communicate with people.
Category 2: uncommon words that most people know the meaning of. I try to use these at a rate of one per sentence or less. Sixteen-year-old Matt knows all too well what happens if I use too many of these in conversation. From experience, there’s a high probability of looking like a jerk if I continuously use these.
Category 3: these are words so highly specific that there’s no reason to think anyone knows them. I only use them if there are absolutely no other alternatives. If done correctly, these can be used to make people feel inspired, but at the risk of sounding unintelligible without restraint.
Keep in mind that these categories can change based on audience, so it’s important for me to read the room. But there is one word that belongs to no tier at all — Category 0, as it were. That is because of all the words in the English language, there is exactly one I am seemingly incapable of uttering.
That word is rural.
I cannot say the word rural. It’s one of the most confusing tongue-twisters, and the only instance I can think of in common English where the letters R-U-R are squashed together in such a manner.
I always sound like a lawn mower trying to start up after four years of sitting in someone’s abandoned shed.
Gosh, it’s even hard for me to think it correctly.
The trouble is, nobody ever uses rural in an everyday setting. It only ever comes up when I’m talking about education or law or some arena in which I really need to be able to successfully speak a word in which there are no other alternatives. Rural is a very important word, especially here in the U.S., and I’m going to practice and practice until I can say it with actual proficiency.
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