8.12.2005

Kiss Me On The Veranda

A recent conversation:

SHE:...all last week, we were incommunicado.
ME: So you don't have cell phones?
SHE: Yeah... that's how we stay incommunicado.
ME: ...
SHE: We were in communicado.

At this point I realize she is using incommunicado to mean "in communication". Interesting. In contrast to what this blog may lead you to believe, I am not a grammar Nazi. I do not get all up in people's grills like "Use the subjunctive! It's if I were! Come on!" No, the conversation ended thusly:

ME: Oh.

It made me think of a scene from Three Amigos.

LUCKY: One hundred thousand pesos to come to Santa Poco, put on show, stop. The infamous El Guapo.
DUSTY: What does that mean? Infamous?�
NED: Ah, Dusty! Infamous is when you're more than famous! This guy El Guapo is not just famous, he's IN-famous!
LUCKY: A hundred thousand pesos to do a personal appearance with this guy El Guapo, who is probably the biggest actor to ever come out of Mexico!
DUSTY: Wow, the IN-famous? IN-famous?

It's not a perfect fit, but I think of the Three Amigos a lot. Anyone remember Steve Martin's "I'm-up-here!" bird call? Pure gold. Anyhow, it's just an example of how we interpret words and phrases. Just recently, I dropped the ball on the meaning of "wotcher"... not watching my context clues. What about you all? Words you thought meant something different, or even opposite?

7 comments:

eric j. sherman said...

"Goodfernuthin!"

For the longest time I thought that was aan honorable thing. I never looked it up or anything. I mean, why would I? My mother had been calling me that since I was a child. I just thought it was something endearing or a little pet name.

Saif said...

"Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it infamy!"

From one of the infamous 'Carry On' films: probably Carry On Caesar...

TheLoof said...

For the longest time up until a couple years ago, I thought 'infamous' was pronounced 'in famous' and meant something was not famous. Hm.

Sandy said...

Hey, Mr. spastic - don't you bother editing out all this shit??

Eric "Babe" Morse said...

Hey, Sandy. Thanks for the helpful comment! I've been on vacation and haven't noticed the new additions. Or maybe it's because they said I have an "awesome blog" and will "definitely return". Good press like that I can't pass up!
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