I have often been accused of forming strong opinions about people based on their proficiency with the English language. No kidding. On serious introspection, i do admit that this might have been the case on more than a few occasions but i can't help it. Dats me! Coming to think of it, its no coincidence that some of my people i really respect are ones who can weave magic with their writings - Onion, Copygurrl, Milind9x, Sidin to name a few.
Looking back, i think it all started with my studying 14 years in Campion in Trichy. At school, we were always under the vigilant eyes of our teachers who would never tolerate if the students spoke in anything but English. (save the Language classes) We also had those L&D classes on Thursdays or Fridays which we all used to really look forward to. My interest in the language was also sparked by my Std 8 English Teacher Mr. Vernum , a gentleman who could speak impeccable Queen's English (In Trichy, twas a rarity) and whose vocabulary and diction remains till today one of the best i've ever heard.
Today when i write letters (i still do once in a while) or mails, i find myself enjoying the language, toying with it to suit the occasion. So when people call me garrulous and remind me that "A silent man is a wise one" i retort saying "A man without words is a man without thoughts" :-)
A few weeks back, when i was at some sort of crossroads, one of my pals adviced me saying that its "Better safe than sorry" - Quick to the return, i quipped "Nothing ventured, nothing gained" - It was only later that i realised that the language itself had given me a solution to my predicament.
I do use a lot of other contradicting adages to my advantage, some of them being
Two's company; three's a crowd
The more, the merrier
What will be, will be
Life is what you make it
Birds of the same feather flock together
Lets cross bridges when we come to them.
Forewarned is forearmed
The bigger, the better
The best things come in small packages
In case you know any more let me know. Knowledge is power :-) (Hint: Hint:)