My one and only lesson in linguistics
The other evening, I threw out this simple question:
Do you think we often misuse the words “humbled” and “honored”?
— Valerie Heruska (@ValerieHeruska) August 1, 2014
I see a lot of my colleagues not only use these two words all the time, but I see them misused all the time. I’m here to offer you my simple and only lesson in linguistics that I will ever blog. Also, it should be known that I took one of the hardest syntax and linguistics with the infamous Dr. Kloss at William Paterson. Seriously.
Ok… let’s start with honor. As you can see, its meaning is simple: regard with great honor. Valerie was honored with an award for “most amazing person named Valerie to ever walk the planet.”
Humble is a little tricky as it can have a number of meanings. It can mean modest: to be humble although successful or, a second meaning, which I think gets misused all too often: having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, In the presence of so many distinguished professionals, I felt very humble
So, take time to think about which one you will use. I’m not on the linguistics patrol, but I just want to do my part and use my humble English degree ;-P