My sisters are much better at it than I am and their vocabulary outshines mine as well. I work with children, usually, and my sisters have spent a large part of their lives working with attorneys. I don’t think I can get away with “forthwith” or “party of the first part” language. I refuse to play Scrabble with them for that reason alone. It becomes about who is better than whom. (That is correct, isn’t it?)
I may have the education, but they have the language. I mean, I understand what they are saying but try using that language on a child who has only been speaking for two of their four years! Or speak in such superiority to someone in a crisis situation!
It doesn’t work.
I say all of this to lay the groundwork for the “language police.” I sent a note to my sister a short while ago and I received back a reply that began with “BTW” and she meant “by the way,” not “Beyond the Walls” (the title of this column). “Did you forget that the word is oober and not uber? Well, I thought, I don’t rightly care, really because this is an informal message, and you understood what I meant, didn’t you?
Then she added, “Of course you didn’t.”
Well, either way it is spelled, the red squiggly line appears under the word which denotes an error, or that it is not in my particular spell check dictionary. I replied with, “The ‘spelling police’ are on duty!” She said, “Yes, ma’am.”
Why does any of this matter, anyway? There are going to be people who pick and prod at each and every one of us for whatever they can. Ultimately, when you have someone doing these types of things, they are trying to make themselves feel better, gain a sense of power or control in their lives, they are having a bad day, or they are revealing to us how they have been treated. I come from a long line of critics and ‘sarcasts.’ (It may not be a word, but I just made it one.)
Honestly, I have spent a good part of my adult life attempting to feel worthy of God and His love. I’m here to say, “It ain’t a happenin’ thang!” There is not a single one of us who is worthy of anything that God has ever done to us, for us, or with us.
Truly, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but not a one of us is perfect! (I can hear the collective gasps.)
Romans 3:23-24 says it like this: “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (The emphasis on ALL is mine.)
So, I can admit it then, I am not perfect, but justified, through Christ. Bring it, ‘language police!’ If that is the worst thing I ever do, then I am home free!