The funniest thing about this particular signature is that by the time you realise it doesn't say anything it's too late to stop reading it.
And so it begins, the end of times..
"Callipygian" - Love it! And, trust me, I WILL find a way to work it into conversation this week. I'm wondering how many people will understand it vs the people who are brave enough to ask what it means?
And, Rattus, I agree that mercurial isn't that unusual of a word. But, I don't remember hearing it used in casual conversation before, at least not in the past few years. I think most people would go with "volatile" as being more expressive. JMHO.
No one should have to dance backwards for all of their life.
I meant that Richard Hatch would have known not to use it ON SURVIVOR, where you don't want to do anything to mark yourself as smarter, stronger, faster, whatever.
I'm in technical communication, and I'm an accessibility advocate. Two of our big mantras are "know your audience" (which is what I thought of when Uncle David mentioned "True dat" and "I concur") and "use the best word" (which is what I thought of when I read judibug's post).
I find that I tend to go really polysyllabic when I'm tired. Even my writing changes! But otherwise, it depends on the conversation I'm having and who I'm having it with. TechComm and accessibility best practices say to strive for 5th-7th grade reading levels, unless you know you're writing for a specialized audience with a more advanced vocabulary. But in general, I agree with Rattus...people using new words is how we learn.
I would expect Tarzan to have a wider vocabulary than Kat (especially after the appendix thing last week). To me, what matters is that we're actually discussing "mercurial" (and "callipygian" ;-) ).
Gotta pay closer attention.