I’m conscious that this is my penultimate blog now and that this amazing experience is coming to an end. I remember that in a previous blog, there was a discussion about favourite words in English. Actually one of mine is penultimate. In this case I think I like it because of the sound. Normally words appeal to me because of their association. I remember that Dennis Potter a British playwright famously said that “elbow” was his favourite word as he liked the way it looked on the page! I can understand that too as sometimes the attraction is just in the spelling or orthography.
Sometimes favourite words are connected to childhood memories; for example as a child I had a lot of problems saying 'equator' as I always put the stress on the wrong syllable. I also liked the mystery of what seemed to me in UK a mythical and far off place. Interesting that I ended up living so close to it!
Of course I’m thinking a lot about childhood because my parents are with us and they are talking about memories and reminding me of lots of childhood episodes. This is an endless delight to my children as they love to hear that I too had mad ideas! For example Danial has recently redecorated his bedroom and painted part of the room black. My parents remembered that I’d done something similar at the same age. Odd that I’d forgotten all of this!
Lexis and patterns from today;
Penultimate ( second from last)
Orthography ( the correct way of writing or spelling something)
A mythical and far off place ( existing only in stories and a distant place)
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