A Plethora…written by A. Nonymous
The shouldn’t show it to people who don’t understand it. They may learn something that day.
I use to do that when I was younger. It got me mocked and ridiculed. So I stopped using bigger words and started using smaller ones. Most of my customers don’t understand even medium words, lol.
The problem isn’t that Clyde has a.big vocabulary. It’s that Earl has a small one.
“Plethora”. That’s Greek for “s—-load”.
Tell that to the kids in Pensacola. Somewhat like the masks, getting more and more decorative.
Big word bad, hurt brain. Make America sad, angry. Keep America Stupid. It work out good!
Clyde my have a plethora of good books, but it doesn’t mean anything unless he has a plethora of pinatas.
Speaking with a vast concise vocabulary is showing off but speaking with vulgar street lingo is cool. Isn’t something wrong with that picture?
If you use anything above a fifth grade vocabulary most people will not understand your message. When we provide patient education, that is the goal. One time, a surgeon was explaining a procedure to the parents involving the genitals. Understanding did not dawn on the parents until he started using the terms “bag” and “balls”.
OY Earl! You just revealed your vocabulary isn’t so great…..
Hard to believe that came from Earl’s brain …..
Never use big words when you are talking to an idiot.
When promulgating your esoteric cogitations or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable, philosophical, or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let your conversational communications demonstrate a clarified conciseness, a compact comprehensibleness, no coalescent conglomerations of precious garrulity, jejune bafflement and asinine affectations.Let your extemporaneous verbal evaporations and expatiations have lucidity, intelligibility and veracious vivacity without rodomontade or Thespian Bombast.Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous propensity, psittaceous vacuity, ventriloquial verbosity and vaniloquent vapidity. Shun double-entendre, obnoxious jocosity and pestiferous profanity, observable or apparent.
It is the insuperable desire for the feeling of mental and linguistic aptitude that best stands in the way of communication. We laboriously elucidate, elaborate , and illuminate, in indecipherable phrases that merely serve to vex, perplex or flummox our interlocutors. In the process, the kernel of the message becomes intricately intertwined in the ludicrous livery in which we couch it. Therefore, despite the gratuitous gratification of pompous verbosity, the only constructive conclusion is that simplicity is key.
What did he just say ?
Very , sad today no Roscoe and no kitty by the bench . But I did see a man wearing a pair of mens underwear in a Sports Lounge in Ann Arbor MI this week over his head for a mask sitting at the bar . Try and beat that . They were white ones too .
I wanted to name our son & daughter Dearth & Plethora, but after I told their mom, she wouldn’t marry me.
Never heard of the word myself, learning. Earl you are funny.
Two old guys sat on a bench. One said “this bench is so hard, it’s making my bum go to sleep”. The other replied “Yeh! I know, I can hear it snoring from here”..
It wouldn’t hurt Earl to speak more better English.
As Mary Cooper told Sheldon on BBT, “It’s ok to be smarter than everyone else, you just don’t go around pointing it out.”
Big words are just that, big. Just say things plain, how it is. No messing around.
That’s pathetically Arthroscopically incoherent.
I know the feeling: I can explain it to you, but I cannot understand it for you.
The only reason to develop a good vocabulary is to express yourself more precisely; to develop a vocabulary and not use it is foolish.
Not my fault if the dummies don’t understand; it they have a problem with how I convey my thoughts, they dern well read a book or 3 and try to keep up!
The kind of conversation that happens when one wants to talk while the other is trying to read. I speak from experience.
Technically, a plethora is an overabundance, or too much. It doesn’t really just mean a lot. It does, however, tend to get used that way.
Fine to use big words. Just don’t then smirk at the person you’re talking to, assuming they don’t know what you mean.
One of the hardest talents to master is the art of talking with people, on all levels of learning, in a way they can understand, without seeming to talk down to them or trying to impress them with your vocabulary. And more important … mastering the art of listening to what they have to say…
Just keep it simple. Eschew obfuscation, I always say.
you can have friends————or——-you can correct their grammar
I shall endeavor to eschew obfuscation.
For my funeral, I am going to have some one jump up and say Plethera. Then the Pastor will say, “Thank you. That means a lot.”
Words can not express how limited his vocabulary is.
According to studies, the school subject with the lowest required vocabulary 7-12 grade is language arts (what we called English). History is next, followed by math and then science. The highest required reading level is in the vocational arts ( agriculture, business, family and consumer science, i.e. home ec). In language they focus on novels etc while vocational studies often involve technical manuals.
No, everyone should study hard enough to have one and thus improve the world.
My daughter is a high functioning autistic. She is very smart, but not in the normal school setting (she got easily overwhelmed and would shut down). Because of that, she was thought to have learning disabilities and emotional disabilities (25 years ago, girls were not autistic, only boys were). She did, however, have an extensive vocabulary and understanding of puns and wordplay and sarcasm – favorite things in my family. However, her teachers in elementary school seemed to get upset by that and would insist that she couldn’t possibly understand what she was saying/doing. She was not disrespectful to the teachers, but I could definitely see her using sarcasm on kids and them completely missing it. LOL I think the teachers were also surprised by the puns and just not believing she was creating them on purpose.
I have this nice little booklet, “Take the fog out of writing” by Robert Gunning (old, published in 1964) with helpful hints. Principle #10 of his Ten Principles of clear writing is, “write to express, not to impress,” which contains the statement, “Big men use little words. Little men use big words.”
Some of us just love using words. We aren’t showing off, we aren’t thinking how you might perceive our use of words. I read a lot and have a large vocabulary both ‘high’ and ‘low’. The other day at work I said “I wish that they weren’t so $@#&ing reticent about it!” and someone commented on the “R” word not the “F” word. :)
Using big words to feel superior is not the same as using “big” words because they are apt. There are times when stopping to consider the appropriate word helps me communicate better. At least, that’s what I thought. I can try to pay more attention to whether that comes across as bragging to my coworkers.