I was going to start a post about our insular day yesterday but then I got a wee bit paranoid about bandying the word 'insular' about.
What if it was one of those words that you THINK you know but then it turns out you have been misusing it all these years?
Say it a few times and it sounds totally foreign. Insular. InSUlar. InsuLAR. It's not even English anymore.
Kind of like the time I was sitting in the living room with, oh, just my entire family. All 8993 of them. I was commiserating with my Dad about a situation and said "Well. They really have you by the short hairs, don't they Dad?" Dead silence. My Mother cleared her throat and gently said "Erm. Andrea, do you even know what that expression means?" I look over at my sisters, always supportive and sympathetic in times like this, and they are all turning purple and trying not to wet their pants.
"Of COURSE I know what it means. You know - when someone has you by those little hairs on the back of your neck."
Turns out I was a bit North of target. Great thing to say to your FATHER, don't you think?
Or ~ and this is rich ~ you find out you have been mispronouncing a word. Not two or three weeks ago, again sitting with all those relatives, I am spouting off about something (note to self: shut the heck up) and after about ten minutes my Dad says "you mispronounced a word." Nicki, ever helpful, chimes in 'Yes, that's right you did." But when pressed neither of them could remember what the word was. But I surely did mispronounce it. Great. Now I can't talk at all because I'm sure it's a word that I commonly use and I've been sounding like an idiot all along.
At any rate; we had a lovely day yesterday. Just hunkering down and sticking close to home.
Insular: 1 a: of, relating to, or constituting an island b: dwelling or situated on an island <insular residents>