A Quick, Fun Vocabulary Lesson, Having Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Angels Baseball

English is a quirky, hodgepodge of a language. Words that sound quite similar can and frequently do have radically different meanings. Here at TIAVSG, we are all about education and the joy of learning. So allow me to explore this concept a little further with a completely random example. Clearly, this post has nothing whatsoever to do with Angels baseball and certainly nothing to do with Angels baseball over, say, their last road trip or last night or anything like that.

Exciting
Adjective
Producing great enthusiasm and eagerness; thrilling, exhilarating, stimulating 
 
Exasperating
Adjective
Intensely irritating; infuriating 

 

See how these two words sound deceptively similar with their identical beginnings and endings, yet are so different in their meaning that one would probably use them to describe opposite situations. Just in case, let’s try using them sentences, shall we, so their meaning is absolutely clear. Again, I have pulled these example sentences completely out of thin air. This post has nothing to do with Angels baseball. We’re all about education today.

Tie baseball games are exciting! Errors and bad plays are exasperating.

Hitting a homerun is exciting! Giving up a lead is exasperating.

Baseball games that go into extra innings are exciting! Baseball games that go into extra innings because of errors and bad plays are exasperating.

Getting a chance to move ahead in two sets of standings is extremely exciting!! Getting a chance to move ahead in two sets of standings and blowing it is extremely exasperating.

Hopefully these examples have been educational and clear up a few things about yet another quirky nuance of the English language for anyone who could benefit from the refresher…For example, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. What? Just because this post has nothing to do with the Angels doesn’t mean they can’t learn something from it. 

Although, now that I just happened to bring the Angels up – fancy that! – I am heading to the ballpark this evening which is always exciting, no matter where your team is in the standings. Here’s hoping that the Halos can make this game and the rest of the home stand, very exciting indeed!!

So, is one’s team having 0 control over their own destiny from this point forward because they don’t play any of the wild card teams again and only play Texas three times when they’re five games out with only six left to go, exciting or exasperating? A little of column A, a little of column B actually. Which column does it lean towards more heavily? Let me get back to you on that one in a few days.

4 Comments

Have fun tonight Kristen. Seeing a game at the “Big A’ has been fun for me the three times I’ve been there. Remember, stranger things have happened in the game of baseball.
-Wayne

http://giantorture.mlblogs.com

It was a fun game until the last two innings Wayne. Oh well, at least I won’t have to watch the Rangers celebrate on our field on Monday and that’s just baseball. I’m glad I went to the game and hope the Angels finish on a strong note regardless of what happens in the AL East.

– Kristen

At this point in the year all you can do is win and pray for help elsewhere. Jays did you guys a favour tonight….so maybe now you guys can forgive us for splitting the series this week?
Now that we’re done playing each other I hope nothing but the best for you guys. Pass Boston, please.

http://bluejaysnest.mlblogs.com/

There is nothing to forgive, Bluejaysnest. The Jays are a good team and they are doing what good teams do – play hard and to win no matter what. I wish the Angels had played better consistantly in the series against the Jays but even if they had they might not have won. Sadly they blew an opportunity again this evening so who knows. Thanks for rooting for us even just a little! :)

– Kristen

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