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I took your adjectives for granted. There was something about the way you skipped over your 's'es and gleaned over your 'i's and 'e's, that never really made me want to kiss you. You'd sit there with your languid fingers clutching a book that was half finished, and read me words that were completely mispronounced. It would prickle me under my skin and I would grit my teeth, wondering when you would stop. I would never understand the english language you thought you spoke, and your confidence in your own words annoyed me.

It was comical when you spoke in front of our friends. Your mistaken pronunciation of the word 'pronunciation' in particular made them giggle. I would stand in a corner, clutching a glass of rum and coke and cringe, flushing in second hand embarrassment. You would smile at me from across the room, and continue with your tangled tongue as though nothing was wrong.

I felt sorry for you. But not sorry enough when you took your favourite writing pen from my desk, your dog eared thesaurus and left my apartment for the last time. I would lie if I said I wasn't relieved for the respite from mistaken english and broken words.

It took them screaming at each other next door, the rejection letter arriving, my finger joints beginning to ache for me to realise; I missed your easy enunciation of the word 'beautiful', the crescendo in 'adoration' and yes, even the fluidity in 'talented'. The way your fingers curved at the typewriter, now made me misunderstand my own at the keyboard of a computer.*

I called you today, and you told me she is an English Major, and she loves you most when you argue with your vowels.

You always did speak a language I would never be wise enough to understand.



*I wish most I had remembered the perfect D shape your arm made, when I rested my head on it.
Sometimes people take something for granted, hate it and then figure that was the thing they love most after all.

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hammer777 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
The lament of a Grammar Nazi...
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LithiumDelight Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is a lovely take on the phrase "You don't what you have until it's gone." Ever notice that when people say 'colorful' their mouth makes the same movement as if they were saying 'I love you'? 
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Starsieinwonderland Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Artist
Love this!
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word-s-myth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Pronunciation is part of a person's charm (or lack of it), that's true, though it's of course not the most important. Your text says this in a precise and bitter-sweet manner that suits the theme perfectly.
And as a French, I do sympathise with people who have difficulties or peculiarities in forming ze sounds of ze English language ;-)
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foxx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Purely morosely nostalgic.
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Rojozorra Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: This is sweet.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: Thank you! :)
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Rojozorra Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome :)
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antiussentiment Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is really rather good.

The mistakes we make..
~smiles~
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :)
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xXxMusicNinjaxXx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really, really love this. Great job. :)
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!! :)
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Lawlessness45 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can't define why I like this, but I do. I wish I had something more constrictive to say, but all I can manage is this: it is beautiful, in a heartbreaking kind of way. 
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so very much. :hug:
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Lawlessness45 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you are most welcome dear! :)
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DyskoDelThunderback Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
You have done it again. Always a pleasure to read your writing.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, my dear...that means a lot to me! :)
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lepusactio Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Theirs an old saying :You like people for their qualities ,but you love them for Thier faults.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: Thank you for this beautiful comment. :)
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MistressofQuills Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Writer
This is beautiful! It pulled me in right from the start, and I was taken along for the ride until the very end. Nice job!:heart:
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, my dear. I was trying something a bit different with this one. I am glad to know you liked it. :)
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MistressofQuills Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Writer
Well whatever you did that was 'different,' it works, haha:D
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Azure-Lugia5 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. I really loved reading it ^^
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much my dear. :)
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Azure-Lugia5 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome?
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Maybeawriter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful and sad and hits me right where I live.
A certain character I love has issues with the pronunciation of certain words, and a sort of accent that colors the rest. And I adore that. I have a hard time imagining myself trying to correct him. I don't think I could bear to. Because if I managed to teach him that "hello" is not pronounced "ollo," he'd stop saying "ollo." And I wouldn't want him to stop doing anything that adorable.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awww!! That is such a sweet story. Thank you for sharing! :)
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Maybeawriter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Thank you for writing this lovely piece.
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undauntedifly Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Writer
Absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous writing.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, my dear. :hug:
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914four Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done. As a French Canadian who often struggles with the bizarrities (!) of the English language, this struck home. My father often said, as I was growing up, that French is a tongue (une langue, or a language), while English is a method of communication. I still disagree with him, although as an adult more comfortable writing in English than in my native language, I now understand what he was trying to do. 
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you my dear. I am Indian myself and english is my second language, a method of communication as your father said. However, I agree with both of you. :P
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914four Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would not have guessed.
Thank you :-)
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GenasArt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013   Writer
Well written.  I really admire how you tangled the definitions of grammar with the meaning of love, sadness, and regret.  The imagery at the asterisk notation really portrays sound imagery.  You give personification to syntax.  Good job. 
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you my dear, for that lovely, insightful comment. :)
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GenasArt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   Writer
You're welcome.  Keep writing.  The world need us :-)
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XxDestinYheartSxX Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a really good piece of writing, well done x
And says it all about taking things for granted x
Well done x


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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you my dear. :hug:
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XxDestinYheartSxX Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student General Artist
You are welcome x
hope you are well x
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SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love everything about this.
As a side effect it made me think about the value and meaning of words. It may be a somewhat given, but the word "beautiful" is so beautiful to me. Also, it made me think about myself. I'm fairly good at speaking English, but I still don't always pronounce words correctly. However, I actually prefer it, when people correct my spelling and pronunciation, unless they do it in a douchy way of course.


Some people have commented on this poem, in accord with the cliché that we only realize the value of what we have had once we lose it and I must say I profoundly disagree with this. It is possible to appreciate what you have before you lose it, if you stay conscious about it that is. It's the difference between saying "I love you" as a generel everyday platitude and saying "I love you" as if nothing else exists except for the present moment you're in. Consciousness is the difference. /end rant.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I will never pronounce words correctly...lol, on one hand I am actually quite proud of it, because it gives me great pride when people correct my english and I tell them it is my second language. :P
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SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha! :P but you're from the UK, right? :XD:
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
True dat! LOL...I am from the UK, currently living there with a South African gentleman. Us people from the colonies clearly stick together in Europe. :P
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SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Then how's English your second language? It makes no sense :XD: If you were joking about it, I clearly didn't get it :P
I guess so! :P if he's from South Africa and you're from UK..let's just say, if that's the case and if I were you, there'd be said a whole lot of terribly bad jokes about slavery :XD:
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akai-yari Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's the origin of the expression : we can only appreciate the value of the things we had once we lose them... :(
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the comment. :)
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