There are several sayings and words I use that I've noticed a lot of people have no clue what I am talking about or trying to communicate. This is pretty frustrating for me, because I'm not sure if I'm the weird one, or if they're just uneducated.
For instance, the other night while hanging out with Paul and Julia, I said something to Paul about how he needed to get his homework done now since he had the time, and I tagged on, "Make hay while the sun shines." He looked at me like I had something bright orange on my forehead then asked me what that was supposed to mean. I said, "Haven't you ever heard that? It means do things while you have the time before you can't do them anymore. Get things done early and work hard while you have the chance."
I looked to Julia for confirmation, but she looked only slightly enlightened by my explanation. "You've heard that, haven't you?" I asked her.
"No, actually," she answered.
"You say a lot of things that no one's ever heard of," Paul said.
Now see this is frustrating for me, because it happens quite often. A lot of the traditional sayings I grew up hearing and learning turn out to be "family sayings."
However, it's not just with sayings though, so that's what leads me to believe people are uneducated. I can't recall an exact instance now, but there have been several times I'll be in conversation with a few people, even at college and in my advanced English classes, and I'll say a word or two that, to me, seem normal. I've read them, I've said them, I've used them in conversation with my sister or mother or brother... but everyone else, when they hear them, either look surprised and say, "Wow, that's a big word!" or they just look confused and ask me to rephrase my sentence.
I don't know, I suppose that's what happens when you don't grow up watching SpongeBob like everyone else, and you actually read books like Jane Eyre when you're 11 or 12. Maybe I am the weird one. It feels wrong to "dumb myself down" though and use smaller words or shorter sentences.
That thought actually leads me to another, one that bothered me a lot in my English class quite a bit. Just because I know how to write longer sentences, unlike the rest of the current population, with the usage of semicolons and correctly placed commas, doesn't mean that I should have to shorten them just to make them easier to read. Doesn't anyone read older literature anymore and actually understand it? I'll give that -- was it Mark Twain?-- wrote much too long of sentences; 1 page sentences get a little tiring. However, the usage of one semicolon is not ridiculous and outdated as my teacher and fellow students tried to tell me.
Oh well. I'll keep being the English freak and try to get used to not being able to communicate well, even though I'm the one communicating correctly. *sigh*