I love my writing friends and the inspiration they offer. That being said, when I ask for the word for reading someone else’s mind, the answer is not “transvestite.” And while I’ll admit that Max, my data retrieval system (see “Random Access Memory” on this blog), had already convinced me the word started with “trans,” he still did not come back with “transvestite” as an option.
Since my ability to read my own mind (ie, my memory files) was obviously not working efficiently, it took a little bit to come up with “telepathy.” Which opened the gate for “transvestite” and shared tales of past encounters.
Then I made the mistake of asking for a synonym for “experience” and the options offered by http://www.dictionary.com included “combat” “savoir-faire” and “perspicacity.” So we discussed labeling that section of a résumé – “Previous Combat” or just “Combat.” Somehow it didn’t translate directly, and again I was offered “transvestite.” Since I have no idea which writing project my friend was working on, I will have to guess that it involved cross-dressing…
As an homage (and in dubious gratitude for the “inspiration”), please see:
And please offer suggestions for tags by commenting below – what random thoughts occurred to you?