Most people who know me will attest to the fact that I'm such a nerd I'll say my new year's resolution is 1440x900. But as my recent A/L results show, I'm clearly not a nerd, since you have to actually be good at hitting the books to qualify.
But anyway, have you noticed people using the word "pwned" a lot? At this rate, some internet geek in the near future is going to think he's funny by 'misspelling' it as owned. Same thing for pr0n.
The Galle lit fest is coming up, and all the heavyweight bloggers of kottu will pack off to that sun baked rock in the south. My only experience in that place was when I was just getting down with appendicitis, so you'll understand if I don't seem too keen on the place.
Since the target audience of the thing is people who read books written by authors who use words like 'indubitably' and 'insensate', I wouldn't be going even if I had the money to spare. I'm sure they're useful when you're playing scrabble or something. Me, I like to gergantiunation words I don't understand into sentences, you know, to sound smart. It's worked so far, got me a job and all. But I'm not all Conan-the-barbarian when it comes to words, I found out that 'Thesaurus' wasn't a type of dinosaur quite early on in my life, and would be the first to grab a good Terry Pratchett off a secondhand bookstore shelf.
Well, I look forward to the verdicts of you men and women of (long)words on the festival.