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Subject: Amman #52 - Conversate
(Posted on Mar 30, 2019 at 08:09AM )
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One word guaranteed to make many a folk bristle or get triggered is “conversate.”


It ain’t no word per many.


So what’s the real deal here, and are the self-appointed guardians of the English grammar galaxy correct?

Bob decided to cover this topic because the other day, his sister Patty Bo, and her family were “conversating” with their Uber driver in Vega$ on Spring Break, and said transport services professional took umbrage with the term. Debate ensued. Patty Bo tried to contact the all-knowing, inimitable, irreverent and irrepressible sage, Dr. LoveSexy (aka our main man, Edwin M. Terry), for his take on the matter. Alas, there was no phone connect. No amount of persuasion could convince said wheel man that conversate is a real word.

As for The Doctor, well, he already long ago was set on the matter, per this Middle East wedding chapter comment. 

“Folks want to get their drink on,” said Dr. LoveSexy. “Me included. Conversating
with interesting folks in the main ballroom and dancing are nice, but talking with
fewer folks over drinks is far better.”

Even in first draft form years back, when Bob’s editor read this, she gleefully commented back, “This is one of my favorite words!”

Don’t be going hating on folks that use the term, or look down on them, as seen here in this TMZ shortie from 2015. Folks be piling in, but one honorable soul stands up for what’s right.
 

Language is a living, breathing beast. It evolves—new words arrive, and some old ones fade away. The good news is, conversate is indeed a real word.


Don’t take Bob’s word for it. Look it up. The Oxford dictonary added it as a new word back in 2016 per here, with further cementing definition support here.

Merriam Webster weighs in here and here. One just has to dig their nod to Biggie Smalls on the matter. And hey, early usage does go back some 200+ years, if including that initial literary sighting in that first Merriam Webster link.

We will give a nod to the finger-wagging, naysaying, negatory [sic] folks here, by noting that the word doesn’t appear in the Cambridge dictionary, and alternatives are instead listed here.

Even Judge Judy had been schooled on the matter by her viewers, and was humble enough to clarify things and grudgingly admit she stood corrected. Bob does apologize for the somewhat grainy video and suboptimal tinny audio here, but the point comes across clearly, regardless. Y’all don’t need hi-def surround sound to suss this out.


Here’s a minute-long musical montage paying homage to the word, while the imagery slaps it down in parallel. Bob hopes it makes both sides happy, even though his sorry ass knows the real deal.


If your reading mind digs more controversy about matters large and small, on myriad topics beyond just weddings and marriage, mixed in with dark humor, sarcasm and satire, then just tuck into Bob's debut novel, while our single cat antihero keeps beavering away on the next two in the trilogy.

Grammar gurus be warned, as Bob does get creative on that front, twisting and bastardizing some words, and making up a few more, but it’s all done on porpoise [sic].


Plus, his written abuse of the language had to pass muster with his editor. She was on board with the bigger picture.

 
In closing, Bob just needed to state that this blog post, about this particular 'c' word, had nothing to do with his last post here about another certain 'c' word. We call that shit, coink-e-dink. So feel free to go forth and conversate about cocksuckers as you see fit. Bob has some other 'c' words he will deal with another time.