Day 2068: Brilliant or perfect?

Four years ago (but who’s counting?), I wrote a blog post — Day 597: Brilliant — about how people in Edinburgh responded “Brilliant” to many things I said to them.  (If you could visit that old post, that would be brilliant.)

In 2018, when I was back in Edinburgh for our usual August visit,  people rarely told me I was brilliant.  That didn’t damage my ego, however, because instead of “Brilliant,”  I often heard “Perfect” in response to things I would do or say.

Actually, to be more perfect about that, I often heard this: “Perrrrrfect.”

Last week in Edinburgh, when I handed my ticket to a  Festival Fringe employee and he said, “Perfect,” I commented to him how I’d noticed that “Perfect” was the new “Brilliant.” He laughed and replied, “Six years ago, it was ….” but I am neither brilliant nor perfect enough to remember the last word in his sentence.

Personally, I think it’s brilliant and perfect to be kind and complimentary to visitors.  I wish I could witness more brilliant, perfect, and civil discourse in my own country, here and now.

Are any of my photos from yesterday brilliant or perfect?

I may not be brilliant or perfect, but I have fixed my photo-loading problems on WordPress, FOR NOW.

Here‘s what comes up on YouTube when I search for “brilliant or perfect.”

Believe it or not, that is one of THREE different videos on YouTube titled “Brilliant Tips on How to Select the Perfect Watermelon.”  Unfortunately, I don’t see any videos on YouTube about how to be brilliant and perfect about anything else, so I’ll just share this brilliant tune from Jacob Collier, which made me perfectly happy when I heard it yesterday.

I will not pressure you to post brilliant, perfect, witty or thought-provoking comments today. I will do my best to express brilliant or perfect thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU.



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17 thoughts on “Day 2068: Brilliant or perfect?

  1. Your photos are superb, Ann. I find the fill-in-the-the-blank compliment to be regional, time-sensitive yet heart-felt all the same!

  2. Choosing the best watermelon is a hit or miss to me. …. mostly misses.

  3. A diamond, indeed

  4. A few years ago the saying “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” was very popular. I wouldn’t say that the perfect is now the enemy of the brilliant, although it does stand out to me that one’s also a verb. You can perfect something but not brilliant it.

  5. Choosing the perfect watermelon is a matter of luck. I used to work at a farmers market, and I tried every method known to man. Buying pre-cut may not be perfect, but it’s brilliant enough.

  6. Whenever I visit the United States, I meet many brilliant and perfectly welcoming Americans.

  7. I have picked up on the British “brilliant” from British media selections and I find myself saying it more often.The shows I watch are much older, and apparently the pronouncement is out of date! You’ve perfectly given me a new direction. 🙂

  8. Pingback: Day 2069: Hopelessness | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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