I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic was chosen by Maria the gaelikaa. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

I first have to determine whether Maria meant the topic in the way that I am using it in this sentence or to indicate firmness of purpose. Knowing Maria at a personal level too, I suspect that it is the latter as she is one determined lady who will not let anything come in her way once she is determined to do something.

Secondly, I am glad that Grannymar will not be writing for the LBC as she is likely to suggest that I eat dictionaries for breakfast. Not that it will stop her from commenting on this post but I hope that she will spare me that whipping and use the term in the third sense of deciding of the nature or outcome of something.

Are you surprised that I am rather lost at this point of time? The English language is enough to drive one crazy is it not?

I am however determined to write in the sense that Maria hopefully intended.

When I picture most people in association with the word determination, I cannot help add an adjective to the word. Now, doesn’t grim determination sound better? And that is why I have never been a great fan of being a man with grim determination to achieve something. I have been more of the type who sets out to achieve things with gay abandon. Now, I use the word gay in the old fashioned, my generation meaning and wonder if that usage gets some determined do-gooders from going after me. You see the problem with the English language?