September 7, 2007
I'm not a stupid girl, not by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm certainly not much of an intellectual either.
Sometimes, in a fleeting moment of self betterment, I'll turn on NPR. The radio announcer will usually say something like, "The West Bank is currently experiencing the most severe conflict to date."
And I'll think, "Kanye West and Tyra Banks should totally date! I wonder if her jugs are real."
Being smart but not intellectual is a strange combination, because I'm intelligent enough to know how much of a dumb-brain I really am. For example, there are many words in the English language that I don't know the definition to, but I'm smart enough to know that I should.
One of these words is prolific. I've used it in papers, I've used in it conversations, and I even used in my thesis defense. I had no freaking idea what I was talking about. None.
Yesterday, one of my very favorite bloggers left me a comment. Maybe you noticed it. It said something like "I love how prolific your blog is." I was like, "Oh damn! What does that word mean? I hope it's a compliment."
So I went to Google and typed the following into the search box: define:prolific
Two definitions popped up. This was the first:
fecund: intellectually productive; "a prolific writer"; "a fecund imagination"
I was like, "Fecund?! What in the heck does fecund mean? Thank you Google, for the flaming hunk of shiz that you like to call a definition."
And the second definition wasn't much better. It said:
bearing in abundance especially offspring; "flying foxes are extremely prolific"; "a prolific pear tree"
Um. Whaaaaa? Apparently flying foxes like to hump. What does that have to do with my blog?
When Jared stepped in the door last night, I immediately asked him what it means to have a prolific blog. He was like, "It means that you post a lot. You update it constantly."
He paused. He smiled a nasty little smile and teasingly said, "It means you're a looooooooser."
"Well," I replied, "You're a prolific farter...and a prolific pain in my rear. So there."
Yeah, I'm afraid we're not getting intellectual in this house any time soon. But thanks for the new vocabulary word, Sarah. It's already come in quite handy.