Invective

I love this post by Barbara Froman, and I share it here. (By the way, I have been known to curse quite frequently.) Happy 2018!

Barbara Froman

Screen Shot 2017-12-27 at 4.21.16 PM “…if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”  (George Orwell)

I’ve tended to use profanity the way many people do—as an exclamation point. Hit my head on the freezer door (freezers on the top? Not a good idea), or bang my leg on a chair? Curse.  Break a plate or glass (I am very bad with glass), knock a goblet of wine on the rug? Definitely curse. Or find a mess left by a pet? Curse, curse, curse.

On occasion, my curses have been directed inward—when I couldn’t believe I’d been dumb enough to make this or that mistake, or when I disappointed people I loved; and on other occasions, I’ve hurled them outward, generally at the TV during football games.

When I was teaching, my football curses were a convenient way to let go of pent up frustration, and the hundred times I bit my tongue to keep…

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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5 Responses to Invective

  1. Thank you so much, Nan! Wishing you a happy 2018. too. May we all have fewer reasons to curse! 🙂 ❤

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  2. julespaige says:

    Gosh Dang it… that was good, funny and enlightening.
    Be well and try not to curse at your fitbit. 😉

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    • I will try not to, but I can’t make any promises. With each day I am understanding the fitbit better. I still don’t understand why there is such a discrepancy between my pedometer results and my fitbit’s results. Rob believes that my pedometer hasn’t been recording all of my steps. It does have a feature where it doesn’t start counting until four or more steps have been taken, but then it catches up. Who knows? I continue to use both for now, and at least with the fitbit, it reminds me to move.
      Happy Hogmanay and Happy New Year! ~nan

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      • julespaige says:

        Some pedometers take into account your pace/stride. I don’t think the Fitbit does that.
        But then I’m no fitbit expert.

        When the weather was better I was walking more. Now I’m happy to get that minimum goal per day. Though I’m attempting some different movement routines. 🙂

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  3. My Omron pedometer’s setting includes the stride length. It has a default setting at 20 inches (1 foot, 8 inches), but can be adjusted shorter or longer. That stride length determines how many steps are in a mile, etc. I think you are right; the Fitbit doesn’t look at that although I did see some stride information in my first day of using it. It suggested a stride length of 2 foot 6 inches. I could do that, but I would look silly. Maybe some men have that long a stride, but I certainly don’t. Well, should get moving before my Fitibit goes off. ~nan

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