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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.… - general facebookery
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hammer777 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
The lament of a Grammar Nazi...
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'? 
Starsieinwonderland Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Artist
Love this!
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 ;-)
foxx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Purely morosely nostalgic.
Rojozorra Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: This is sweet.
UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: Thank you! :)
Rojozorra Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome :)
antiussentiment Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is really rather good.

The mistakes we make..
UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :)
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