Al’s vocabulary

You see I used to work with Al. He was an engineer and he knew everything – basically he was an authority on any given subject and was convinced that the government was out to get everyone and he knew exactly how they were doing it. Oh, and did I mention that he has an MBA, because if I didn’t mention it, I’m sure he would have made sure you left knowing he had it. There were a number of phrases or sayings he would always say, like beginning questions with, “Silly question…”. Or he liked the “Needless to say…” one a lot. One of my favorites was one he didn’t use a lot, but more than any other person I’ve ever know; and I could always see it coming. Sometimes I would say it before he could or say it along with him. The cliche was “All over you like a cheap suit.”

Along with these were some particular vocabulary usages. I created this little image of the ones I could remember. Now some of these might not seem all the weird, but in everyday, casual conversation with Al, it seemed like a little much. I’ll show some examples of how they might have been used:

airplanes=aircraft “That is one fine-tuned aircraft”

computer program=software “SolidWorks is a much more intuitive software than Pro/Engineer”

car=vehicle “My 1999 Dodge Ram has been a very reliable vehicle”

watch=timepiece “Rolex makes a great timepiece”

coins/bills/money=currency “They don’t have enough currency in circulation”

gun=firearms “I plan on purchasing a personal firearm soon”

drink=beverage “I’m going to the vending machines, can I get you a beverage”



2 Responses to “Al’s vocabulary”

  1. 1 Cory Long
    November 20, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Ive known people that seem to use words like that. I think the eastershores like to use vehicle more than car. You cant help but smile when they talk to you. Some just mispronounce words and that drives me crazy…like saying pacific instead of spacific. The one I will NEVER understand though is Bishopry instead of Bishopric. What is up with that!?

  2. 2 Lindsey
    December 13, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I like beverage. I wish I could remember to use that word instead. Do you ever watch King of Queens? Arthur, (the guy who used to be Frank Costanza) always uses alternative “proper” words like that. I like to refer to CD’s as compact dics. Does our father have these tendancies?

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