Thursday, December 22, 2005

Weird habits meme

Well this is a new experience isn't it. I have been tagged by Elsewhere and must now follow these rules:

The first player of this game starts with the topic five weird habits of yourself, and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don't forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says You are tagged (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.

The last bit will be the hardest, as I am only an apprentice blogger and nearly all of the people I would have the gall to tag have already done this one. (I'm guessing it's bad form to tag total strangers.)

But to the meme: FIVE WEIRD HABITS

1) When a book gets very exciting I will unconsciously mash and crease the corner of the page as I read, something I have done from a very early age. My mother, when she saw me doing this, would say in tones of deep sorrow 'Oh, poor book!' If this was intended to be an appeal to my better self, it didn't work.

2) I sing along in improvised but lame and uninspired harmonies while listening to great singers who would be much better off without my help.

3) I correct people who say infer when they mean imply, laying when they mean lying, disinterested when they mean uninterested, and 'I cannot help but think' when they mean either 'I cannot help thinking' or 'I cannot but think'. I persist in doing this even though I know it will make them hate me.

4) I will not travel anywhere further away from home than 100 km without wearing the St Christopher medal my folks gave me for Christmas 1987 and yes I know he's been debarred or unfrocked or whatever it is.

5) Nine times out of ten when I shop for clothes, I come home with something black, although I'm not a superannuated Goth or anything and don't do it deliberately. Black is slimming, it hides the dirt, it suits me, and it goes with everything: what's not to like?

Tagging: I'm a new girl in the blogosphere and am going to bail on the full tagging trip (will this get me expelled? Will I disappear in a puff of smoke? Will my scar hurt?) until I know a few more people. The only person I "know" even remotely well enough to tag, and who doesn't seem to have been tapped for this one so far, is ...



Kate said...

Luckily I have many weird habits so I am happy to comply.

comicstriphero said...

Tag me. Go on. I can take it.

Pavlov's Cat said...

What made me think you'd already done this?

Okay, sure thing -- ya tagged!

harry said...

Nothing wrong with defrocking. It's healthy and all about youth and stuff.

reverendtimothy said...

Point "3" is fantastic... I do that to my friends all the time too. And yes, they hate me for it. :-P

The one I pick on most frequently is disoriented vs. disorientated. But hell, I hear it all the time on the TV. We're fighting an uphill battle. :-(

That reminds me... I was in a shop in Perth a few years back - one of those "discount variety" type places - and they had HUGE signs all over the joint with big bold lettering that read, "SMILE: YOUR ON CAMERA" with a yellow smile face underneath. I asked the clerk if she saw anything wrong with the sign, and she said "No".

Pavlov's Cat said...

Oh and 'quote' (which is a verb) used to mean 'quotation' (which is a noun), but I'm well and truly fighting a rearguard action there. Also people who call these things 'scare quotes' when their name is quotation marks. But that's rapidly becoming a rearguard action as well.

Also, when (and why?!) did people start saying 'bored of'?

See, Rev T, it's a mistake to get me started on these matters. I start to grow pointy fangs and hair on the back of my hands.