Linda G. Hill

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SoCS – Poles and Double Negatives

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Maybe I was dreaming of my prompt this morning but when I dreamed this morning it was of the poles changing direction. I dreamed of the end of the world. The water in my house didn’t work, the sewers were running backwards as was a natural spring in my house that reversed and became muddy and the electricity went out. Several times I think I woke a little (because Alex was coughing) but I drifted back each time into the dream, knowing I was dreaming but unable to stop it. I don’t remember if I was awake to imagine the end of the world but I stood with my children and told them I loved them as the world imploded…

And so then I was thinking I should tell Alex’s dad that he’s still sick but I may send him to school on Monday regardless since he doesn’t seem contagious, which led me to think of the word “irregardless” which shouldn’t be a word. Should it? Spell check likes it. But it makes no sense. To “irregard,” one would think, would be a negative meaning “not to regard” and so putting a “less” on the end turns “irregardless” into a double negative meaning to regard. So sending Alex to school regarding his cough would be senseless… (Yes, Doobster, I looked up the Webster’s definition of “irregardless” but the looking up of it was ruining the flow of my writing which is why I didn’t copy and paste it.)

And so this is an account, really, of my morning so far. Not really stream of consciousness thought (though it was at the time) but I have written this unedited and as it came back to me, which is kind of a double negative in and of itself.

The good news is, if you have made it to the end of this post, at least the world hasn’t ended yet. Hooray!

This post is part of SoCS. Join in today! https://lindaghill.com/2015/01/09/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-january-1015/

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Author: LindaGHill

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27 thoughts on “SoCS – Poles and Double Negatives

  1. That was an epic dream. I have to ask…in the dream, was there a point where you, in the dream, said to yourself, “This is a dream. I need to wake up.” Just wondering, because I’ve done that and it makes me wonder about things like REM sleep and our sub-consciousness.

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  2. As someone who has allergy-ridden kids, I’ve dealt a great deal with the coughing and school conundrum. Usually no one cares, but there’s always some teacher who is annoyed by coughing, and who will ask you to come pick up your completely well child because it’s a distraction. And she might lovingly imply that you’re neglecting your child’s obviously poor health.
    No, I’m not still thinking about it five years later. No, I’m not mad. Nope, not at all πŸ˜‰

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    • At Alex’s school it’s the nurse who constantly does that to me. You’d think she’d have more sense… which makes it that much more maddening. ESPECIALLY when she makes me feel like a failure as a parent, which she does on a regular basis. I wonder if she’s reading this… Nah, probably not. πŸ˜‰

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      • I am only liking this because I’m in awe that you’ve experienced the same thing! I had two in high school before this ever happened to me, and I was like, “You want me to come get her because she’s COUGHING?” Seriously, I was furious. I started giving cough suppressant to Moo, and every spring I get that bottle of cough suppressant out and I’m NOT mad, lol!

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        • Ugh, she’s asked me to pick Alex up for far less. And I’ll admit it – it still pisses me off! πŸ˜› Every time I get a call from the school I’m tempted to answer the phone, “What now?” instead of “Hello.”

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  3. I think you should write about your dreams more often if this is the epic shit you dream dear…. like freaking inception man! πŸ˜€ You must be exhausted after that…. the kids and I often discuss the pole reversal thingy… hope it happens in our lifetime ey… would be cool to see just what it DOES create. Hope like hell it is not the sewer thingy…that would be crappy.

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  4. I enjoyed this, Linda, and what an intriguing dream you had!! I do hear that word now and then,” irregardless of what you think”…but what a tongue teaser if you have had 2 or 3 glasses of wine:)

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  5. I was struck by the thought Linda that there are words in English that we don’t have opposites for, there are sites dedicated to the discovry of such words, most in a negative form like if you are inept you can’t be ept as much as you’d like to be the word apparently doesn’t exist. My favourite has always been overwhelmed as I could never understand why one couldn’t be just whelmed.
    My problem with ‘irregardless’ is getting my head around just what it means, I think its one of those words we use because it sounds better to say it that way. Have a good day.

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  6. “Irregardless” is not a word, so if your spell checker doesn’t grab it, you need a better spell checker.

    For what it’s worth, my post in response to this prompt, was also about the end of the world. I didn’t dream it, but I woke up thinking that we are approaching it. It wasn’t an upbeat post.

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  7. In the book “Bad English” by Ammon Shea, the author discusses the use of the word irregardless. I forget the all that he said. The book is good but I could not get through it because it is a bit technical at times. But he does take a more light hearted direction with grammar. I think irregardless has been used quite often by Americans.

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  9. Wow! What’d you have for dinner last night, kiddo ?!?!

    Sorry Alex is sick. Hope it’s a quick recovery.

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  10. You don’t just dream, you dream in genius!

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