Sounding reasonable when I'm occasionally irrationally upset, and
seeming overly passionate when I have a very logical point to make.
Ah, paradox. (Then again, sometimes I'm just harmlessly irrational
while venting, without there being any sensible point to make. I
reserve the right to have nonsensical release!) I'm also
Also, I'm pretty good at piercing through pretensions, even my own,
occasional ones. This is usually most enjoyable when done
good-naturedly (which it is most of the time, anyway) around a
receptive friend or two, to share the amusement and bemusement.
(Like watching the supposedly fastidiously authentic Mad Men for
anachronistic speech. This is ridiculously easy, it turns out.
Examples: 1) Last year a character described another one's rather
unrevealing suicide note as being "boiler plate", a term that I
doubt even the typical user [i.e., political commentator] wouldn't
have used before the '90s; and, 2) Recently a character spoke of
someone with a loaded schedule as having a "full plate", an
expression that even in the '80s would've gotten the speaker a
blank look [which it still should, I think]. Hilarious! It's the
late 20th century the producers are depicting, not 16th century
England. Translations into more current idiomatic developments are
unnecessary. So, let them use the dated expressions of the day
["groovy", for example, for some characters], and leave the current
abominations in the present.:-) Sorry, Matthew Weiner. :-) )