Seebee: Good morning! I apologise for sounding so groggy (sleepy), I had a bad night. You may think that I have been imagining things, but I really saw an apparition (ghost) last night. It was dressed-up in some kind of a robe. I was woken up by a strange sound and that is when I saw this eerie (unnatural) silhouette (figure) near my cupboard. I’ve never been more scared in my life; I have goose-bumps just talking about it.

Achbee: Hello! CB, what’s this about ghosts? Are you telling the readers that you managed to frighten a ghost last night, did you? Poor fellow! Ha…ha…

Seebee: Very funny! Wait till the poor fellow decides to visit you.

Achbee: Ha…ha… Nah! He must be still reeling under the shock of your scream. You did let out that blood-curdling (horrifying) scream, didn’t you?

Seebee: Anybody would, HB.

Achbee: I knew. So the guy’s not visiting me in near future. He must be recuperating (recovering) in some morgue, somewhere. Ha…ha…

Seebee: Why are you assuming it was a guy? It could be a woman too…

Achbee: Pardon me for such a daft (stupid) assumption, CB. Of course, it could be a female ghost recuperating.

Seebee (laughing): HB, you’re incorrigible (hopeless). Ha…ha…

Achbee: Jokes apart, CB you should stop reading all those scary novels. They’re the ones responsible for your hallucinations.

Seebee: I was not hallucinating. I did see the figure; it was not a figment (creation) of my imagination.

Achbee: Yeah, sure.

Seebee: Why am I bandying words with you, you’ll believe what you want to. Readers, since HB hasn’t, I shall explain the meaning of the word ‘hallucination’. Various dictionaries define ‘hallucination’ as “a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind, caused by various physical and mental disorders, or by reaction to certain toxic substances, and usually manifested as visual or auditory images.” In simple words, ‘hallucinating’ is imagining things that are not real.

Achbee: Yes, and it is pronounced as ‘H- LOO- SUH- NEY- SHUN’.  CB, you must stop reading these ghost stories.

Seebee: HB, I was reading Stephen King’s ‘Shining’. It’s a book you just can’t put down, until you’ve reached the last line.

Achbee: My God, you were reading ‘Shining’! No wonder, you look like a ghost yourself. A phasmophobic like you must steer clear of anything to do with ghosts.

Seebee: Thanks, HB…

Achbee: Really, CB. I read that book when I was in college and I had lain awake for three nights—almost like a bat. ‘Danny and his world…. Gawd.’ But what you’re saying is true; the book is fascinating in an uncanny (mysterious) sort of way.

Seebee: Supernatural does intrigue (fascinate) us, doesn’t it? In fact, English literature has many interesting tales of ghosts. Come to think of it, even Shakespeare loved ghosts— Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth…

Achbee: Hamlet has Hamlet’s father’s ghost, Julius Caesar has the ghost of Caesar and Macbeth has Banquo’s ghost.

Seebee: Hey, HB you called me a ‘phasmophobic’, what’s that? I am sure it’s nothing flattering, though.

Achbee: ‘Phasmophobia’ is abnormal fear of ghosts; phasmophobic is a person who suffers from ‘phasmophobia’.

Seebee: I see!

Achbee: ‘Phasma’ in Greek means ‘ghost’.

Seebee: Too much of ghost talk, HB. Let’s go and pay our obeisance to the Gods.

Achbee: Anytime, CB.

Seebee: And before you mention it, here is the meaning of ‘obeisance’— it is a gesture of courtesy, which is to bow down with respect.

Achbee: Bye for now readers.


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