Friday, June 15, 2007

Dyslexia or just moment of doubt?

I always have to stop and think before I say or write these things:
  • dot your i's and cross your t's
  • move a date up or back (I just never say this because I'm not confident I use it the same way as everyone else)
  • judgement or judgment
  • Meán Fómhair or Deireadh Fómhair
  • Daylight savings time or standard time
  • cynical or sarcastic
Does anyone else have ones like this?


laurie said...

i still don't know which direction dates and time go when they're moved up or back. and people in the business i'm in use that phrase all the time. i just nod knowingly.

i never have trouble with Meán Fómhair or Deireadh Fómhair, though. mainly because i've never seen those words before. i realize theyre gaelic, but what do they mean?

stwidgie said...

Meán Fómhair is September and Deireadh Fómhair is October. I have to preload any sentences I speak involving those months so that there isn't a great yawning gap while I silently sing whatever equivalent there is to the Alphabet Song for months in Irish until I get to the right month.

I have the same problem with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, the two largest political parties in Ireland. I have to stop and try to remember which one is which. (Now I'm thinking back to Life of Brian and the Judean People's Front/People's Front of Judea).

laurie said...

i used to know the difference when i had only heard of fianna fail.

but then fine gael showed up and now i can't remember which is which.