A small rant on the vocabulary of my generation...
First off, I just want to say that I have what I feel to be an exceedingly large vocabulary for someone of my age (15). I understand this, and I understand that a large portion of people of my age do not. That being said, here's what happened to me today.
I was sitting in my seventh hour class, which is Spanish, waiting for the final bell to ring so that I could go home. The teacher wasn't looking, so I did what I normally do and jumped over a row of desks, so as to avoid the larger portion of traffic on the way out the door. In doing so, one of my friends commented that she was waiting for the day that I trip up and land on my face. Jokingly, I replied "Oh, I see. You're all just waiting for the day I meet my demise."
The girl sitting to my right overheard me saying this, turned, and said "Speak English, please," as did the girl in front of me.
It was at this point that I face palmed myself. I explained that I was in fact using English, and then, after being asked, I defined said word. This only earned me the snide remark of "Don't you have a life? What do you do, read dictionaries all day?"
No. I just happened to be blessed with a large vocabulary, although I would recommend you read one some time. Is it just me, or is my generation somewhat lacking in the vocabulary department? In my personal opinion, the word demise is one of the most comprehensible words, so if they don't understand it, there may likely be an issue. Or, then again, it could just be me.
Does anyone else feel this way? You try to use an "advanced" word, and you get strange glances from people as if you've just spoken Greek? It aggravates me!
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