a·fi·cio·na·do/əˌfɪʃyəˈnɑdoʊ; Spanish ɑˌfiθyɔˈnɑðɔ, ɑˌfisyɔ-/ Show Spelled [uh-fish-yuh-nah-doh; Spanish ah-fee-thyaw-nah-thaw, ah-fee-syaw-]
noun, plural a·fi·cio·na·dos /əˌfɪʃyəˈnɑdoʊz; Spanish ɑˌfiθyɔˈnɑðɔs/ Show Spelled [uh-fish-yuh-nah-dohz;
an ardent devotee; fan, enthusiast.
I used that word in conversation yesterday. Well, I say conversation... actually, it was a text. It wasn't very well punctuated, but... Look how smart I look, using a big word (and spelling it correctly). Did I mention I had been using a dictionary all damned day at work?
I was that kid that my parents and teachers expected to amount to something great. You know - write a thesis and cure something. Or invent a new type of biodegradeable plastic and save the penguins.
I'm not sure what happened to my brains. Maybe motherhood? Wine? Too many thrill seeking rides in theme parks?
I think about my academic nemesis from school. He was a veritable walking encyclopaedia. I wonder if booze and babies and extreme exhaustion have made him dumb, too?!
I said to J the other day, "I used to be smart". And he smiled sadly and said, "me too, Bylla."
I'm quite sure we used to be smart. And bright. And adventurous.