Monday, December 8, 2008

words

certain words baffle me.

like 'fresh'. everyone uses that word now. i've noticed it particularly in knitting blogs and knitting magazines, but in many other places as well. makes everything seem like it's been kept in tupperware.
branching off of 'fresh' is 'refreshments'. i've never liked that word. bear with me.
as a child, fresh meant minty clean, like toothpaste. i'm sure it was the 'it' word in dental care commercials in the 80's, as it is affixed in my brain as such and i watched A LOT of tv then.
my favorite candy when i was a kid was andes mints. god, i loved the restaurants that gave you those things. also grasshopper cookies from keebler which are chocolaty and minty and yummy. the only kind of ice cream i got was mint chocolate chip (except the pink phase = strawberry.) I love mint. always have always will. ok. back to refreshments.
EVERY time a sunday school teacher or party hostess mentioned 'refreshments' my mouth would water for the upcoming chocolate/mint combination. much to my disappointment, i was given watery ass kool aid and cheap vanilla cream sandwich cookies. my two least favorite sweet things ever. nothing like childhood to fuck things up.

yeah yeah, get over it, right? lol.

which brings us to the word that inspired this blog post. 'inspire'

i don't understand this word. the mere sound of it tells of something fantastic and magical. then it is used in connection with lesser ventures. like 'those old bricks inspired me to make candlestick holders' or some mundane bullshit like that.

maybe i've just lost my muse. or maybe she just slit her wrists after high school and left me a bitter shell of an artist. left to wander the earth without a hint of romanticism left.

blah.
i finished my brother's sweater and it's too long. way too long and i'm too scared to undo the bottom and take off a few inches. wimp.

1 comment:

chickbot said...

i totally agree with the word fresh... i remember having the same feeling when it popped up in advertising. it was like the term "new" got drab, so copywriters rushed to come up with another term. and fresh just doesn't cut it! not only do i think minty, i think produce from a grocery store.