Friday, 21 November 2014

De rigueur, par for the course, etcetera

Hi there!
This week I have another contribution from my scribe sister, Ruth Miller. You may remember Ruth was a guest featured on this spot a couple of months ago.

The other side of the ledger, is Ruth's collection of humourous observations of the politics and personalities that form everyday life in an office. It's well worth a read and you'll no doubt recognise many of the types of characters she writes about - even maybe yourself!

Ruth has kindly offered her time and talent to share an interesting insight into the changing times in which we live - the fact that I agree with Ruth's thoughts says more about Ruth and me than anything else, I think! 

De rigueur, par for the course, etcetera 

 Now, while I, along with most baby boomers I suspect, don’t like to admit I’m getting older, I certainly do not consider myself to be getting ancient. And yet, generation X, Y, and whatever the next lot call themselves, may well be correct if they perceive my fumbling with day-to-day 21st Century technology as being old-fashioned and fuddy-duddy. I mean, just look at the language I use! But there again, words themselves can be fickle, as they ebb and flow with generational and societal change …

Of course, one comes across unfamiliar computer-based territory every day, that can be avoided, like those new-fangled supermarket self-service checkouts, or printing out your own airline ticket. Yet when entering the world of writer, author, scribe, and the self-publishing journey, I find this territory obligatory and downright confronting. And why is this? All because you have to face the unfamiliar landscape of Facebook, Twitter, and enter an alien world of Liking, Posting, and Tweeting. Then, once you enter this domain, you’re still in the dark, with the, “not knowing what you don’t know” syndrome lurking in the background as you manoeuvre through endless options and umpteen variations on every imaginable theme. Added to this mix, I find more subtle influences that redefine, possibly defy, the written word itself.  

For example, until recently I used my trusty, well-thumbed thesaurus because it was familiar and comfortable. That is, until the day I discovered an online version, and just like that, the words from my 1999 version of The New Choice Thesaurus seemed a little flat, even ancient in their last century roots. How on earth could this miracle of modernity have been at my fingertips without me knowing about it? I have no idea - but what I do know is that this revelation revolutionised my ability to quickly source an alternative to repetition, recapitulation and reiteration.Well almost!

I’m sure, with my newly defined published author status, there are countless other time-saving things that I would dearly embrace if someone were to point me in the right direction, because the dilemma I face on a daily basis, is the amount of time it takes one to find these things out on one’s own; or the lack of time that anyone has to show another; or just the lack of time – full stop. But, before I digress into my opinion of how punctuation (and spelling and grammar) may have almost skipped a generation or two, due to emailing, texting, and whatever else I’m yet to discover, I’ll stop, because it would take up way too much time and space – for now!

Oh, and by the way, ancient according to the thesaurus that still sits by my computer on my paperless-desk (not true) is – antique, obsolete or primitive. Whereas the ancient I can instantly connect with when dragging my mouse up to my Google Toolbar Favourites is - antiquated, outmoded and moth-eaten! 

Moth-eaten!?

 I think not, but possibly that’s my kneejerk, de rigueur, par for the course reaction!

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