Monday, 17 October 2016

A dream is a wish your heart makes

After much resistance, I have finally joined Tinder. Actually, I joined Tinder two months ago, but deleted it as it wasn't really working for me. But then, in a wave of "How am ever I going to meet someone?!", I joined up again on Wednesday and had my first Tinder date on Thursday. 

There was nothing wrong with the guy. He was tall, athletic, Scottish (bonus points for a cool accent) and laidback. We chatted, without any awkward silences, and shared a bottle of wine, which he paid for (another plus). He was clearly into me and did all the flirtatious things, like comparing hand sizes, picking me up (literally... tall men always do this) and resting his hand on my arm whenever possible - but sadly, I just didn't feel any sparks. It was almost like catching up with an old friend - and not even a really good friend at that.

When I heard from him this weekend and he offered to cook for me this week, I let him down gently. But then I felt awful. Maybe I'm just being too fussy? Should I give it another try? I ummed and aahed for a while, but then decided that I'm not ready to give up on the dream just yet. I don't want to settle for someone just because he's into me. And my time is too precious to waste to lead someone on. I want to be enchanted. So this Tinderella will keep on swiping until she finds her Prince Charming – or deletes Tinder entirely. Either or.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Say what?

I try not to correct people when they say something wrong. We're human and we all get phrases muddled every now and then, especially when we're speed-talking, eager to get to the point or are clouded by emotions. But even though I don't correct them, I do notice. I notice when I say something wrong and wish I could go back and edit, as I would when I'm writing. And there are some mistakes that irk me more than others. For example: each other versus one another. (Each other = two people. One another = more than two people.) So whenever I sit in a wedding ceremony and the priest says "Do you promise to love one another..." I'm muttering "each other" under my breath. 

There are also those phrases that are misused so often that people think that their version is correct. When I was a child, I used to think that the phrase was "in the walls" instead of "in the wars". (My logic: I ran into walls a lot.) This is called an eggcorn - who knew? Here's a list of some of the phrases you may have been saying wrong. You're welcome!

"For all intensive purposes"
- Should be: For all intents and purposes
(ie: In every practical sense.)

"What's potting"
- Should be: What's plotting
(ie: What's going on.)

"Nip it in the butt"
- Should be: Nip it in the bud
(ie: Putting an end to something before it can grow.)

"First come, first serve"
- Should be: First come, first served
(The incorrect version implies that the first person who arrives will have to serve everyone else)

"The splitting image"
- Should be: The spitting image
(This comes from the Bible, when God used spit and mud to make Adam of his own image.)

"My makeup regime"
- Should be: My makeup regimen
(Regime refers to an authoritarian government.)

"It's a doggy-dog world"
- Should be: It's a dog-eat-dog world
(ie: If you don't look after yourself, you'll get taken out.)