Do you ever think back to when you were at school and wonder why you were taught something, when in reality some of life skills might have been a better choice!
At junior school, my handwriting was considered untidy, so I was given repetitive handwriting lessons…
At secondary school, whilst I enjoyed Maths, I simply couldn’t understand the reason we learnt about Pythagoras’ theorem, along with sine, cosine and tangent!
I completely understood them, but to this day I have never had to put them into practice.
Surely a student’s time would be better spent having some practical lessons in conjunction with their regular curriculum… fundamental topics like borrowing money and the outcome of the interest on it or excel spreadsheets? Perhaps it’s just me, but I was definitely put off certain subjects by the things we had to learn or the teachers…
Surprisingly, at school I was never very keen on English, both language and literature. This lack of enthusiasm wasn’t down to reading a Dickens classic or my English teacher – I think it was simply down to my creative mind wandering. I could never read a passage or chapter in a book and take it in. And as for English Language – if someone had explained to me that a single quotation mark can be used when a letter is omitted, life would have been so much simpler.
It’s only in recent years that writing has become an integral part of my everyday work. My feelings for the English language have completely changed since I’ve been supplying comment for numerous KBB trade titles over the past six years and more recently writing content for blog posts.
In fact, I’ve come to realize that I should refer to myself as a ‘logophile’. I can’t admit to remembering the words I’ve learnt, although one word I do remember is ‘petrichor’.
A firm favourite, I can totally relate to ‘petrichor’ along with ‘pluviophile’ and it’s not unusual for me to stand outside when the heavens open and embrace the rain!
I’m in awe of all these kind of words, I hadn’t got a clue that words like these even existed. Searching for them has become really easy… there’s obviously the internet, but I prefer to discover them via Pinterest. I have a board aptly named ‘Serendipity’ as this was and still is my all time favourite word, so when it came to naming my new company, there was only one choice.