Monday, August 22, 2005


When you're in eighth grade, you're still young enough to be excited by learning new words with funny spellings. You might even seek out your English teacher during lunch just to ask what it means.

Does that kind of curiosity and learning for the sake of learning wear off? or just dissipate a little? I want to be surrounded by people like that.


Blogger Old Man Rich said...

Its not so much that the desire to learn new stuff has worn off, its just that my brain is full. A lot of the time I can't even recall the old stuff I once new. Fortunately, I have learned to enjoy stuff without understanding it. Onomatopoeia. see, its fun just to say out loud even though I forgot its meaning long ago. Onomatopoeia. I'm gonna say that alot to day.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Right now, I'd like to sing ya a little song I wrote by Todd Rundgren. It's a love song, and it really expresses how I feel about you:

"Onomatopoeia every time I see ya
My senses tell me hubba
And I just can't disagree
I get a feeling in my heart that I can't describe
It's sort of lub, dub, lub, dub
A sound in my head that I can't describe
It's sort of zoom, zip, hiccup, drip
Ding, dong, crunch, crack, bark, meow, whinnie, quack
Onomatopoeia in proximity ya
Rearrange my brain in a strange cacophony
I get a feeling somewhere that I can't describe
It's sort of uh, uh, uh, uh
A sound in my head that I can't describe
It's sort of whack, whir, wheeze, whine
Sputter, splat, squirt, scrape
Clink, clank, clunk, clatter
Crash, bang, beep, buzz
Ring, rip, roar, retch
Twang, toot, tinkle, thud
Pop, plop, plunk, pow
Snort, snuk, sniff, smack
Screech, splash, squish, squeek
Jingle, rattle, squeel, boing
Honk, hoot, hack, belch

Thankew! Thankewverrmuch! I'll be here all week! Try your waiter! Tip the veal!


4:31 AM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

I still love learning! Last year my student's favorite word was loquacious. We did a lot of word work last year, and I also teach 8th grade. This year I'm searching for a job!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Some of my favorite words, in no particular order:

Floccinaucinihilipipification (the art or practice of talking about nothing)
Lip Balm (I know it's two words, but it's fun to say, especially if you overarticulate)

And, of course:


8:28 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

It depends on whether you view learning as fun or a chore. Most of us hate our chores.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Of course we do, Jason. Otherwise, they'd be called 'funs.'


2:32 PM  
Blogger Old Man Rich said...

Funs. Thats up there with onomatopoeia. Im going to sneak both of them into my 9am meeting. "The test environment has funs, but we can onomatopoiea and still deadline if we stove pipe our resource pool". The management can smell the bull but their not quite brave enough to call the bluff. Sometimes life is good. The rest of the time its great.

3:32 PM  
Blogger mal said...

I think learning for its own sake is a trait that we pick up early and keep. I think those that do are fascinated by the never ending artwork that the world presents and continue to try to better see the canvas by learning

8:45 PM  

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