I’ve always been fascinated by the part of the brain responsible for handling my vocabulary. In real time, it translate my thoughts into English words. It seems like a very complex task, and it does it well even if sometimes I’m not quite sure it exactly knows what it’s doing.
FRANK: “Because, really, do we want to be…”
FRANK: “…obsequious to government? And– Wait a second; what was that? Obsequious? Is that even a word?”
BRAIN: “Yeah, I’m pretty sure it is.”
FRANK: “Pretty sure? Well, what’s it mean?”
BRAIN: “I dunno. Google it.”
FRANK: “Why are you giving words to me if you don’t even know what they mean?”
BRAIN: “I’m like sure I’ve seen it used in that context.”
FRANK: “How sure can you be if you don’t even know what it means?”
BRAIN: “I’m like 80% sure we’re using it right, dude.”
FRANK: “Well… can you give me a simpler word to use in its place?”
BRAIN: “Um… nope. Sorry. Blanking.”
FRANK: “Somehow I’ve gone my whole life without using the word ‘obsequious,’ but now you’re telling me that’s the only option for this sentence?”
BRAIN: “Talking is hard. Want to daydream about video games now?”
FRANK: “Yes. Yes I do.”
And I’m pretty sure this is the same part of the brain that tells me what there/their/they’re or your/you’re to use while I’m typing. I consciously know when to correctly use those homonyms, but when typing fast I don’t have time to consciously sort them out and I need to delegate that task to the automated parts of my brain. And their just horrible at it. I think I need an upgrade.