Tuesday, December 30, 2008
It really annoys me that if I make the same mistake a couple times, I start to become increasingly likely to make that same mistake over and over—the error becomes reinforced. The most recent instance of this that comes to mind is that whenever I want to reference and/or mock Sarah Palin and John McCain, the word I use is "renegade." The word I'm looking for is, of course, "maverick." Those two words are essentially synonymous in my mind, and when the whole overuse of "maverick" started, I would think "renegade" instead. Now "renegade" is the only word that comes to mind for those two, and often I never even notice that I've made the mistake because it's become such a habit.