posted on Jul, 21 2008 @ 05:53 AM
Has anyone ever noticed that all of a sudden you see a word that seems to be in a fairly wide use everywhere, but you don't recognize it at all
belonging to your vocabulary? As if you saw this word for the first time in your life and had to look it up on a dictionary? This happened to me a few
I participated in a discussion in some ATS thread and noticed a member using a word totally unknown to me. At that point I thought it was a typo as we
all make them occasionally. However, I noticed that the same person was using that word again in another post so perhaps it wasn't a typo after all.
All of a sudden this word started appearing here and there in online texts and discussions, and I decided to have a look in my vocabulary. There it
was, and Google even gave me a bold number of almost two million hits for this exact word.
The problem is, I can swear I had never, ever seen this word before in my life. I use English daily in my everyday work, and already when I was a
university student more than a decade ago, I used to make my living translating very complex technical and scientific texts from English and some
other languages into my native language. I loved to do that work as I have always been very good at learning foreign languages, and usually I only
have to learn a word unknown to me only once. This "gift" makes it easy for me to immediately spot typing errors (made by others, I rarely can spot
mine) and words totally new to me. As I've always read very much, mostly in English, I really haven't had for years a need to use a dictionary any
more for finding out a meaning for a common word. Until now.
Please don't laugh at me, but the word in question was "asinine".
As if I had suddenly jumped to another worldline where people use certain words that were not used in my "original" worldline which I clearly
remember. Even now, after a few weeks after I first discovered it, the word "asinine" still feels completely alien to me.
I've had some other weird encounters like this before, but not very many. One of the weirdest temporal glitch was an old high school classmate of
mine whom I happened to meet after 15 years. I immediately recognized him, but he swore he'd never seen me before even if he admitted going to the
same school and class as I had. At that time I thought this guy had just some mental problems, but recently I've started to think there might be
something more to it... Maybe I wasn't his classmate in 1986, at least not in the worldline he actually remembers!