Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – Practice/Practise

 

It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again, and here is Linda Hill with this week’s prompt. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “practice/practise.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!”

If you would like to have fun as well go to Linda’s blog and read how. Here is the link. https://lindaghill.com/2020/04/17/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-18-2020/

Practice/Practise by John W. Howell © 2020

“Do you have a dictionary?”

“Uh, I don’t go walking around with a dictionary. Why?”

“I need to look up a word.”

“What’s the word?”

“Practise.”

“Perform an activity or exercise a skill repeatedly or regularly to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.”

“Yeah, I know that definition. Also means the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it.”

“So, what’s the problem.”

“It is practise.”

“Yeah, I get that.”

“With an s.”

“Huh?”

“Yeah. P-r-a-c-t-i-s-e.”

“Never heard of it.”

“That’s why I need a dictionary.”

“Look it up on your phone. Hold it…Is this a Linda Hill thing?”

“What else. Here it is. OMG.”

“OMG, what?”

“International English calls practise with an s a verb. Like, practise the piano.”

“Anything else?”

“The word practice with a c is a noun. Like the law practice.”

“So we American’s avoid all that by using  practice with a c.”

“It looks that way.”

“So how you going to use both?”

“I think we already did.”

“Good. Now time to go practise our drinking form.”

“We could open a drinking form practice.”

“Sounds like too much work.”

“I agree. We’ll keep the practice to ourselves but go forward with the practise.”

“I’m confused. Let’s just go.”

“First one on me.”

“Not your normal practice.”

“Stop.”

“Agreed.”

 

 

72 comments

  1. Well done, John. I feel a bit dizzy now, like I’ve been on a merry-go-round, but I get you.

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    1. I’m a bit on the dizzy side myself!

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    2. Be careful when you get off Robbie. That forst step is a doozy. 😁

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  2. I wonder how many knew the difference until.they read this here today? And does Grammarly even pick this one up? Going to have to put it to the rest when I get on m’y computer! What the hell, John! School on a Saturday? 😉

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    1. I certainly didn’t!

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    2. Hahahaha. A little knowledge in the morning. I stand to serve. Thanks, Dale. Yes, Grammarly tries to correct practise.

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      1. Yes indeed. I’m so used to Grammarly trying to force me to correct to Yankee spelling that I ignore it. But now that I know the difference…

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      2. You can change it to canuck english in settings. (At least I can in premium) Check the tab labeled Account. If you don’t have a tab like that then you can’t.

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      3. I already have it set to Canuck English but it gives me the finger. I thought I was already on premium but apparently, not. It must have come to the end and I didn’t keep it up. I’ll consider it.

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      4. Since I write over 12,000 words a week I need premium. You might be able to get along without it. Stupid thing cost $130.00 a year.

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      5. LOL! I know. It would cost almost $12 US (big diff for me) per month so $140/US year – which I just checked and is just shy of $200. Not much in the grand scheme of things but yanno… some here, some there…

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      6. Yeah I don’t recommend it.

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  3. LOL! My head is spinning from this one. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever known someone who walks around with a dictionary. Great job! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Nice thing about phones these days is we all have one at our fingertips. (Fully washed and sanitised figertips that is) Happy Saturday to you, Jill * sung to the tune of Blackbird by Sarah McLachlan.

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      1. I’m wondering if all of our phones have contributed to the spread. At my day job, people used to constantly pass their phone to me to look at photos or whatever. Of course, I would always immediately break out my Wet Ones after handing the phone back to them. They always laughed at me. 🙂

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      2. Now you need to soak them in Clorox

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  4. Thanks for looking that up, John. I just assumed it was a British/Canadian thing. I was worried for a minute that I used the wrong one. Can I get in on the beer?

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    1. So did I!!

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    2. not only can you get in on the beer but you can pick up the tab. (What an honor huh?)

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      1. Ha! You know how to make a guy feel special.

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  5. A most edifying post!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. 😁

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  6. Never knew that. I can see how the American system would ditch it. We really hate our extra letters.

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    1. I wrote to one blogger in the UK who suggested that my word “plow” was better spelled “plough,” that this is the reason we colonists left the empire. We hate to waste letters.

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      1. Saving time with fewer letters. Of course, we waste that time doing boring stuff, but we have it.

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  7. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Your Saturday post is always an education. Practice/practise who knew?! Another fun one, John. Have a fantastic day. Stay warm, stay safe. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Good advice for you as well. 😁

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  8. haha, I’ve been blogging for over 7 years – practice hasn’t done anything to make me perfect yet!! 🙂

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    1. Love the sign, GP.

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  9. I will have to practise my sentence structure and work on my spell checker. Either way it might improve the quality of my drinking time.

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    1. The drinking practice is one that can benefit from practise. Thanks, John

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  10. Just yesterday, a UK friend and I had a similar discussion about the spelling/meaning of the word … small world! 😊

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    1. Small world after all. Thanks, Jill.

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  11. PURE DELIGHT! ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray

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  12. Well done, John. I had to think twice about which is which. Stay well!

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    1. Yes, thinking is good. Stay well too.

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  13. Sigh. My head is exploding … not a good look. I’ve often wondered why Doctors insist on calling their business a practice! I’d much prefer they perfected their skills before I place myself in their hands. Groan. Great post as always, my friend. 😁

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    1. I’m with you Soooz. How are you doing?

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      1. I made it to my 66th Birthday on April 14th! Bonus, my friend. I’m here and still laughing so I’m doing just fine. Hugs. 😊

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      2. Great to hear, Soooz. 😁

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      3. 🎉🎈😃

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  14. Maybe International English, but not Arizona English! Lol!

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    1. Yeah I get that. Pardner

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  15. Very interesting, John. I did not know that practise is a verb while practice is a noun. The things we learn on John Howell’s blog! 🙂

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    1. Only in oher than the US. We short circuited the process

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  16. Well practise makes perfect you know! I’m a “c” girl, though 🙂

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    1. Yup. Keep on practising.

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  17. Lemme get this straight. . . .

    It’s practile? I mean practike? Err practire? Wait . . no . . . never mind. I’m sticking with practice, because . . . wait for it, I ain’t perfect.

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    1. Hahahaha. Just stay with practice.

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  18. You’ve taught me something new today, John. Fascinating!

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    1. New learning is always good. Thanks, Laura.

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Great prompt today, John:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  20. How confusing.

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  21. “Is this a Linda G. Hill thing?”….. Hahaha!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I do tease Linda a bit from time to time. Lucky for me she doesn’t visit often. 😁

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  22. Suddenly neither looks correct. 🤓 Thank you for the laugh.

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    1. Glad I could make you laugh. 😀

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  23. smart :)) seems you figure it all out, about *c* and *s* 🙂 do you really need a dictionary? like ever 😂😂

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    1. No. Not as long as I have a phone.

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