By Trudi Cunningham
I feel that I am fairly versed in the English language. There are rare occasions when I’m not sure of the meaning of a word and my love of reading has been a lot of help. That’s when the dictionary comes off the bookshelf. It doesn’t occur often, but one day recently, that’s what happened. The word is “truncate,” meaning “to cut off a part of,” and let me tell you, it’s definitely a new one for me.
I think I’m a down-to-earth person, and don’t over-power someone with words to make an impression. There are many who will do it, and if I think it’s over-done, I do fall in line and play the game. How many will go in that direction when it comes to other situations? How about those who will talk about name brand clothes, a particular car, or living in a more affluent area?
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to buy a Mercedes from Germany, (the price was right) and so it happened. Actually, my husband pushed for it, because men seem to lean towards mechanical items like this. A comment was made to me about it, but I can truly say, all I need is “four wheels and a motor” and it gets me where I need to go. Yes, I still have it and it just keeps chugging along at 26 years.
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