play prepend…

How do I begin this wild verbal ride, this crazy trip down vocabulary lane?  Should I tell you that right now I feel like my parents failed me?  I do a little.  They didn’t prepare me for all the words life would throw at me.  Sigh… Mom, Dad… you guys let me down.

What am I talking about?  What indeed…  don’t act like you don’t know… let’s just come right out with it then.

I didn’t know what “prepend” meant.  I didn’t even know it was a fricking word until shortly after noon today.  It’s not that I’m a literary genius or anything, but you’d think that a word that’s in a menu on my telephone wouldn’t escape me.  It wasn’t even on my fancy pants iPhone… just a run of the mill regular cell phone.  I’ve never thought of myself as having a limited number of words to use.  I’ve always been quite pleased with my knowledge and my ability to select and utilize the English language.  Well not today.

Am I alone?  Do you know what prepend means?  My spell check isn’t even recognizing it as a word so maybe I shouldn’t feel all that awful… but I do.  I’m traumatized.

Damn you English language.  Damn you straight to the bowls of some hot sweaty furnace room.

7 thoughts on “play prepend…

  1. Kelly says:

    Yeah, I do know what it means. I know a lot of words I shouldn’t know though, so it’s not like I’m any sort of example. I was the Morrow County School District Spelling Champion for nine consecutive years (it woulda been 10 but they wouldn’t let me compete at state as a 2nd grader), so to put it mildly I’m the kid who blew the curve.

  2. Joe says:

    Don’t feel bad at all about not knowing what prepend means. It’s not a real word it’s tech slang. Just some geeks getting together trying to find a cool new IT/Telco term instead of using prefix.

  3. Sybil Law says:

    Yeah – I know what it means, but it really doesn’t count as a real word, anyway! The real word for prepend is prefix.
    What kind of droll material are you reading, anyway?!

  4. Dan says:

    I not only know what it means but use it often. It shows up in programming language classes all the time. But that is the techie use that really means prefix.

    But (these’s always a but) the rare but perfectly correct English word descended from the Latin pendere with a prefixed pre means to weigh or consider; to weigh up mentally. That’s what I get for being a cross word puzzle fanatic. {*grin*}

  5. hollydolly says:

    isn’t it similar to ‘append’? like tack-on, but at the beginning?

    people and their stupid obstinate ways of putting things. words. pfft. where did *they* ever get us?

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