Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Grammar Usage Guy

I've been trying to act civilized lately. Doing laundry, ironing clothing, preparing food in the oven, etc. I kept trying to describe these new skills with a word that started with domestic-, but both of the obvious options sounded funny. Was I being domestic? That sorta makes me sound like a cheap beer. But if I am being domesticated, that seems like I'm a pig sweeping the house.

So, to clarify, here're the definitions of both of these words, according to

1.of or pertaining to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family: domestic pleasures.
2.devoted to home life or household affairs.
3.tame; domesticated.
4.of or pertaining to one's own or a particular country as apart from other countries: domestic trade.
5.indigenous to or produced or made within one's own country; not foreign; native: domestic goods.

While, on the other hand, here is what we find for "domesticated."

–verb (used with object) convert (animals, plants, etc.) to domestic uses; tame. tame (an animal), esp. by generations of breeding, to live in close association with human beings as a pet or work animal and usually creating a dependency so that the animal loses its ability to live in the wild. adapt (a plant) so as to be cultivated by and beneficial to human beings. accustom to household life or affairs. take (something foreign, unfamiliar, etc.) for one's own use or purposes; adopt. make more ordinary, familiar, acceptable, or the like: to domesticate radical ideas.

Domestic it is.

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