Monday, April 10, 2006

La femme seul

Am I the only person in the world who has come across the word "synthesis" in conversation before? Is there some alternate European spelling of the word that has people all checking their dictionaries before they dare put pen to paper on this one?

In giving out the address of my company I have to use the word Synthesis. I paid in the vicinity of $150,000 for training in speech and voice and acting over the course of my undergrad and grad work. In other words, I don't stutter. Yet, without fail, the conversation goes like this:

"Care of Synthesis"
"Can you spell that please?"
(unable to conceal the contempt) "syn-th-e-sis" GAH!

On a lighter note, I passed a vendor selling knock off designer purses today and this was his pitch: "America is the greatest, the biggest and the greatest country. Women, treat yourself, don't cheat yourself. You owe it to yourself because America is the biggest country." And apparently size does matter and yet again I am woefully behind the curve. Oh well, thank God someone sent this guy to straighten me out. Otherwise its entirely possible I might have cheated myself, you know, instead of treating a cheap knock off of an ugly designer purse that I won't use because I carry a backpack and wear frumpy shoes.

Sigh. It's a lot of work being a woman in the biggest country.


  1. I use the word "synthesis" all the time. I used it in English class this morning, as a matter of fact. I'm pretty sure my kids understood what I was talking about - maybe I'm just kidding myself, huh?

  2. Do me a favor, will you? Say the word once and ask them to spell it, please, just to see if they're faking.

  3. Where I work we use synthesis like butter.