...A is for ANACHRONISM
I first came across this word when I was about six years old. Perhaps it was because it was such a big word for a six year old that I remembered it.
We were in Sunday School. It must have been near Christmas time because
the teacher had asked us to draw a picture of Mary and Joseph and the Babe in Bethlehem.
The picture below is something like what I drew. I remember clearly because it drew some comments from the teacher and other students. That's when I first heard the word ANACHRONISM. I had made the mistake of including two anachronistic items in my picture -- the airplane and the electric light, both clearly out of their time in this picture. I was so embarrassed when this was pointed out to me rather scornfully by my brother.
ANOTHER A - WORD that caused me some embarrassment was ALIEN.
By this time I was I was fifteen years old and had been called upon in class to read a poem out loud about 'Ruth' who 'stood amidst the alien corn'. What she was doing there I have no idea but she caused me some problems because I pronounced the word 'alien' as 'a-lion'. I remember this incident as clear as day in all my school girl self consciousness, as I was corrected by my teacher, and several other students around me. Fancy being fifteen years old and not able to read properly!
Ah, our happy youthful days were fraught with such traps that just waited for us to fall into them, and never forget the anguish they brought us!
So here we are at the beginning of another round of Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.
Round ten in fact. Do join us by posting an entry for the letter A and then click on this LINK to take a look at what all the other intrepid adventurers in ABC Wednesday have come up with.