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The Top Ten Words of 2011

While stumbling around the interwebs I came across a pretty interesting website

http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/2016-top-words-2011.html

And I thought this lil article was kinda interesting being a word lover and all. I figured I’d share the website with you as well as the list the site deemed as the top words of 2011. Fyi, the article has inspired me to create my own list of my personal top ten words of 2011, and maybe even share my personal definitions and/or my immediate immpression of the words meaning before reading the given definition. Note: some of my definitions may not be socially acceptable and could even be viewed as insensitive. So I say, what the FRACK, I’m going for it anyway.

1. Occupy —The preferred verb of protesters occupies the top spot this year. Not only has “occupy” risen to fame because of the Occupy Movement (Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland, etc.), it is also used in the context of the occupation of Iraq and the so-called “Occupied Territories.”

{OCCUPY- aka PIE-EYED. This would be the cartooned pics of a cartoon character who sees the warm fresh baked pie sitting in a window to cool and they suddenly have pie slices drawn in their eyes which divulge their intentions. This can, and does happen to us humans, minus the sketched in pie slice, but don’t doubt that the brain of said victims has shifted into ME WANT PIE mode.The hyper-focused individual is now considered to be OCCUPIED.}

2. Deficit —Fiscal deficits are a growing and possibly intractable problem for many economies in the developed world, and have become a frequent topic of discussion.

3. Fracking —Hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of extracting fossil fuels from otherwise unreachable places , has turned into a hot-button issue dividing ultra-capitalists and environmentalists.

{My personal definition of the word Fracking is definitely used as a softened form of a pretty common cuss word.}

4. Drone —An ever-increasing number of remotely piloted aircraft are being used for reconnaissance and attack purposes, especially to target wanted terrorists .

{A DRONE is similar to a zombie. DRONE would be a description of the way a drugged out person acts, looks, behaves. Its the stereotypical look of one who’s high and completely zoned the FRACK out. Combining the words Drug-Prone and or Drugged-Out-Zone… zone being the individuals state of mind, not the location of which said DRONE gets the drugs or even does the drugs. However, after second thought I suppose the term works for those descriptions just as well.}

5. Non-veg —A meal served with meat. The term originated in India (where “veg” is the norm), and is now catching on worldwide.

{NON-VEG’ers are the baby Boomer generation. They are, in my opinion, the last generation of people to be typically hard working honest citizens. Every generation after that are suffering the devastating consequences of their hard work. Face it, a neverending supply of Doritos, video games, more free time to focus on cartoons and less on unpleasant chores and such has caused a multitude of epidemics with today’s youth. Baby boomers, your unconditional love and affection is gonna be the downfall of society, haha, of course I’m just kidding on this one.}

6. Kummerspeck —This German word, which literally translates as “grief bacon,” refers to excess weight gained from emotional overeating. This year, it worked its way into the English-speaking world.

{Ok, embarrassingly I can’t detail this one but I will tell you it has something to do with watching to many crime dramas like CSI. Blacklight toting forensic personnel would use the term to identify the suspects body fluid evidence they’ve found which would lead to them Attaching a lovely name to the perp based on the trace evidence left behind. Kinda like “suspect or even pet name+speck = petname+body fluid}

7. Haboob —A name imported from Arabic that has been used to describe the massive sandstorms in the American Southwest this year.

{A HABOOB is a person of Indian descent who owns the gas station at the end of my mothers street, who will not take manufacturer coupons for a product I regularly purchase from their store. Dammit man, cigarettes are expensive, cut a girl a break, lol}

8. 3Q —This texting shorthand for “thank you” may have arisen as a combination of the Mandarin and Japanese word for the number three, which is “san,” and Q; put together, they sound like “thank you.” The slang has been banned from official Chinese dictionaries, but is commonly found elsewhere.

9. Trustafarians —These are well-to-do youths (also sometimes called “trust-funders” or “trust fund babies”) who adopt faux-Bohemian lifestyles. A play on Rastafarians, the term first became popular as a reference to wealthy kids who took part in the London Riots .

10. (The Other) 99 —A reference to the majority of those living in Western democracies who have been left out of the dramatic rise in earnings associated with “the top 1 percent” —itself, another frequently uttered phrase. [5 Facts about the Wealthiest 1 Percent ]

***If anyone can come up with alternative definitions for any of the words I couldn’t, as well as the ones i could, than please feel free to share. I would love to read others combinaword definitions.

FYI: I’ve always called this combinawording…come to find out it actually has a real name, PORTMANTEAU.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau

Picture courtesy of this website
http://myliteraryquest.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/fun-friday-the-portmanteau/

http://grammar.about.com/od/pq/g/portmanterm.htm

And of course Urban Dictionarys word for it…. TWORD. Lol, awesome.

http://m.urbandictionary.com/#define?term=tword

Language: What foreign words are difficult to translate into English? – Quora

http://www.quora.com/Language/What-foreign-words-are-difficult-to-translate-into-English

Russian – Vladmir Nabokov describes it best: “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”
Mamihlapinatapei
Yagan (indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego) – “the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start”
Jayus
Indonesian – “A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh”
Iktsuarpok
Inuit – “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.”
Litost
Czech – Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, remarked that “As for the meaning of this word, I have looked in vain in other languages for an equivalent, though I find it difficult to imagine how anyone can understand the human soul without it.” The closest definition is a state of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.
Kyoikumama
Japanese – “A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement”
Tartle
Scottish – The act of hestitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name.
Ilunga
Tshiluba (Southwest Congo) – A word famous for its untranslatability, most professional translators pinpoint it as the stature of a person “who is ready to forgive and forget any first abuse, tolerate it the second time, but never forgive nor tolerate on the third offense.”
Prozvonit
Czech – This word means to call a mobile phone and let it ring once so that the other person will call back, saving the first caller money. In Spanish, the phrase for this is “Dar un toque,” or, “To give a touch.”
Cafuné
Brazilian Portuguese – “The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.”
Schadenfreude
German – Quite famous for its meaning that somehow other languages neglected to recognize, this refers to the feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune. I guess “America’s Funniest Moments of Schadenfreude” just didn’t have the same ring to it.
Torschlusspanik
German – Translated literally, this word means “gate-closing panic,” but its contextual meaning refers to “the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages.” (Altalang.com)
Wabi-Sabi
Japanese – Much has been written on this Japanese concept, but in a sentence, one might be able to understand it as “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.” (Altalang.com)
Dépaysement
French – The feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country.
Tingo
Pascuense (Easter Island) – Hopefully this isn’t a word you’d need often: “the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them.”
Hyggelig
Danish – Its “literal” translation into English gives connotations of a warm, friendly, cozy demeanor, but it’s unlikely that these words truly capture the essence of a hyggelig; it’s likely something that must be experienced to be known. I think of good friends, cold beer, and a warm fire.
L’appel du vide
French – “The call of the void” is this French expression’s literal translation, but more significantly it’s used to describe the instinctive urge to jump from high places.
Ya’aburnee
Arabic – Both morbid and beautiful at once, this incantatory word means “You bury me,” a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.
Duende
Spanish – While originally used to describe a mythical, spritelike entity that possesses humans and creates the feeling of awe of one’s surroundings in nature, its meaning has transitioned into referring to “the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.” There’s actually a nightclub in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion, where I teach, named after this word.
Saudade
Portuguese – One of the most beautiful of all words, translatable or not, this word “refers to the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost.” Fado music, a type of mournful singing, relates to saudade.
14 Comments • Options • Oct 22, 2010

Christopher Lin, English, motherfucker! I speak it!
24 votes by Andrew Brown, Chelsea Henry, Alex Kamil, (more)
  
My favourite is the Yaghan word mamihlapinatapai, which describes “a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that they both desire but which neither one wants to start.”  It is listed as the most succinct word by the Guinness Book of World Records as of 1993.
Options • Sep 21, 2010

Joshua Levy, Curmudgeon
17 votes by Xianhang Zhang, Gary Valan, Shannon Larson, (more)
  
A few famous ones from Europe with cultural importance:
Danish hygge (coziness or tranquility) [1]
Dutch gezellig (cozy, fun, quaint, can connote belonging) [2]
Swedish lagom (“just the right amount”) [3]
Portuguese saudade (deep or nostalgic yearning) [4]
German Weltschmerz (“world-pain”, a kind of world-weariness) [5]
It’s interesting that many of these are to some extent identified with a country’s (perceived) national character.

Of course, this just scratches the surface of a big topic [6,7].

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gez…
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagom
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unt…
[7] http://www.logolalia.com/untrans…
Comment • Options • Sep 10, 2010

Chelsea Henry
16 votes by Joshua Levy, Richard Henry, Kevin Der, (more)
  
Meraki (Greek) – Doing something with soul, creativity, or love.
Waldeinsamkeit (German) – The feeling of being alone in a forest.
Pochemuchka (Russian) – A person who asks a lot of questions.
Esprit de l’escalier (French) – A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs.
Chantepleurer (French) – Singing and crying at the same time.
7 Comments • Options • Sep 10, 2010

Andrew Cheung, I work at GroupMe.
10 votes by Seb Paquet, Yishan Wong, June Lin, (more)
  
My favorite is Fingerspitzengefühl.

It translates roughly to having a good feel for the situation at hand and being able to react accordingly.

Often attributed to Erwin Rommel’s tactical ability.

Also,  baydin, which means “foretelling the future through magic” in Burmese.
6 Comments • Options • Oct 23, 2010

Antone Johnson, Lawyer, exec, advisor to lean startup…
6 votes by Gary Valan, Dimitry Lukashov, Richard Henry, (more)
  
Hebrew:  Dayenu – “it would have been enough for us” (sung at Passover)

French:  Lots of mountaineering and skiing-related words and phrases (après ski, arête, couloir, crevasse, gendarme, moraine, pied à plat, piste, serac).  One family that comes to mind is the multiple words for “ice” in different contexts, whereas we really only have one in English:  glace, glaçon, glaciaire, glacé, glacier, glacial, verglas.

Italian:  sotto voce – intentionally lowering one’s voice for emphasis; sprezzatura, the art of effortless mastery (one of my favorites — aspirational); mammismo – the cultural phenomenon involving a belief among young men that no one can love them as much as their mothers.

Scores (pun intended) of musical terms in Italian also don’t have direct English equivalents. Many of them have been borrowed into common English usage as nouns or adjectives (piano, opera, orchestra, virtuoso, prima donna) or are commonly understood among music fans (a cappella, aria, arpeggio, coda, concerto, legato, libretto, soprano, staccato) — but some have more esoteric, precise meanings that are tough to describe in English without resorting to illustrative examples or lengthy, detailed descriptions (allargando, cadenza, coda, coloratura, divisi, rubato, acciaccatura, appogiatura).

German:  Dülfersitz – in mountaineering, a kind of rappelling that involves straddling a fixed rope and wrapping it around the body to descend without any special gear.

Spanish:  estar – the verb “to be” in a temporary sense (for example, to be tired or hungry, or to be located somewhere) vs. ser , “to be” in a permanent sense (male, tall, blond); bien educado sounds like “well-educated” but really means to have been raised well, with good values, and to be a good person
Comment • Options • Sep 10, 2010

Patrick Vlaskovits, “Vell, Zaphod’s just zis guy, you know?”
7 votes by Richard Price, Gary Valan, S. Alex Smith, (more)
  
Schadenfreude (German) which means deriving pleasure from the misery of others.  The closest English language equivalent would be “glee”.

TRASH NIGHT part 1

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THURSDAY=THRASH(ed) NIGHT

For twelve plus years, Thursdays in my home have been handled in a very specific way. Thursdays have been what our family called ” TRASH DAY for the family and/or TRASH NIGHT for the adults”. Not because the city collected the trash in my neighborhood on Thursdays, it didn’t, trash collection in my neighborhood has always occurred on Friday mornings…very, very, very early. So every week on Thursday night in my home the radio was on and turned up enough to dance if we wanted and sing if we dared while we collected all the trash from the bathroom and bedroom pails. This alone was no huge task, typically done to completion in a matter of minutes. The objective was to not only remove the trash from the bathroom and bedroom trash pails but more like miniature weekly sping cleanout sessions.

Trash night was a night that we cleaned the fridge of the leftovers no longer an edible option. Dumping expired milk, tossing eggs overdue, disposing any dish that had not been consumed in a timely fashion during the past week. And yes, any and all expired food that couldn’t be dumped down the drain or disposed by the sink disposal indeed remained safely in the fridge until trash night, so to not attract any bugs to an outside trash can. This would be like a neon light blinking a welcome message and smells of stale pizza and the like would be the latest greatest bug buffet in town.

Really, it was a solid and well thought out and multipurposed plan of pest control, odor obliterator, full property protection. God knows I can’t stand bugs and flies, wow, flies are a bothersome bug only trumped by the mosquitoe, spider and roach. (Yes, for me, in that exact order). These are in fact the most suicidal and ballsiest of all insects, who will take full advantage of a door left cracked open by kids who have no less than thirtyish trips in and out a front door on any given summer evening to make their rounds around the culdesac via bike or scooter, and preteen and teens who’s rounds where not on a bike but on a go-kart. should something slip through the cracks of trash night and make its way early to the can could be a pain in the ass. It means a fly, interestingly not weighed down by his brass balls, would be Mr Martyr. Always a dive bomber born to bother (Really, flies have some kinda nerve the way they make a point to fly directly at you, eye level, just to veer off before they hit you in the face).

More often than not the tv was turned off so it was also like a Sunday for spongebob who only got one night (Thursday) off a week, tirelessly working round the clock everyother night of the week for my children. Specifically my youngest who oddly had full control of the tv and the remote for several years, flying just below the radar of all the other family members. For a time, me and my husband would take time out to watch The Office on the bedroom tv while we folded laundry that was fresh out the dryer on our bed. The laundry during that time always seemed so warm and smelled so crisp and clean. Laundry hasn’t ever felt or smelled so wonderful as it did back then. Eventually we discovered this wonderous invention called DVR. (Side note: DVR is a whole story of happiness in and of itself. One to be shared on another day.)

To be cont…

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So I’ve started using Evernote. I hope its a app that’s worth keeping.

promoted as an app/program in which to use “Evernote” to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.

EVERNOTE

A must post because it touches my heart…

Unfortunately to protect the privacy of the author, I have to post an encrypted version.

BTW: THANK YOU! XOXO
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I’ve never read something so beautifully calming. I love your observations. xoxo

List of HTML Codes

 

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List of personality traits

List of Personality Traits

Personality Traits List of Personality Traits

List of Personality Traits
Positive Negative
accepts authority, loyal, devoted rebellious
accepts what’s given ignores, rejects what’s given
affectionate distant, cold, aloof
Ambitious, motivated self-satisfied, unmotivated
aspiring self-satisfied
candid closed, guarded, secretive
caring uncaring, unfeeling, callous
change; accepts, embraces it rejects change
cheerful cheerless, gloomy, sour, grumpy
considerate, thoughtful inconsiderate, thoughtless
cooperative uncooperative, unhelpful, combative
courageous cowering, fearful
courteous rude, impolite
decisive indecisive
devoted uncommitted, uncaring, hostile
determined indecisive, unsure
does what is necessary, right does what is convenient
perseveres, endures relents, gives up
enthusiastic unenthusiastic, apathetic, indifferent
expansive kept back, tight, constricting
faith in life life can’t be trusted
faith in oneself lack of faith in self
faith in others others can’t be relied on
flexible inflexible, rigid, unbending, stubborn
forgiving unforgiving, resentful, spiteful
focused unfocused, scattered
freedom given to others authoritarian, controlling
friendly unfriendly, distant, aloof, hostile
frugal, thrifty Wasteful, spendthrift
generous stingy, miserly, selfish
goodwill ill-will, malice, hatred
grateful ungrateful, unappreciative
hard-working lazy
honest dishonest, deceiving, lying
humble arrogant, conceited, ego-centric
interested indifferent, uncaring
involved complacent, indifferent
jealous, not jealous, envious, covetous
kind unkind, uncaring, cruel, mean
mature immature
modest vain
open-minded, tolerant narrow, close, small-minded, intolerant
optimistic pessimistic
perfects allows imperfection
persistent, sustaining flagging, fleeting, unsustaining
practical impractical, not viable
punctual late, not on time
realistic naïve, impractical
reliable unreliable, undependable
respectful disrespectful, rude, impolite
responsibility, takes blames others
responsible unreliable, undependable
responsive unresponsive, unreceptive
self-confident lack of self confidence, insecure
self-directed directed by externals
self-disciplined undisciplined, unrestrained, indulgent
self-esteem, high self-esteem, confidence – low
self-giving self-centered
self-reliant dependent
selfless selfish
sensitive Insensitive, indifferent
serious silly, trivial, petty
sincere insincere, dishonest
social independence social approval required
sympathetic unsympathetic, unfeeling
systematic unsystematic, disorganized, disorderly, random
takes others point of view insists on own view
thoughtful towards others thoughtless, inconsiderate, callous
trusting suspicious, mistrusting
unpretentious pretentious, affected, ostentatious
unselfish selfish
willing does, willingness stubborn, unwilling, reluctant
work comes first convenience first

RhymeZone: character

http://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=character&org1=syl&org2=l&org3=y&typeofrhyme=rel

I Am – The Human Condition

I found this article interesting enough to shamelessly copy and paste it word for word. I will of course highlight some of my favorite quotes from Mr. Benzel’s article and will be searching for the documentary I AM by Mr. Shadyac. It looks like it’s worth watching. 

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The Theme Beneath the Themes

Quin Benzel
For The Vancouver Voice

In Tom Shadyac’s new documentary, I AM, he begins every interview by asking eminent scholars like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Desmond Tutu if they have ever seen Ave Ventura: Pet Detective. They haven’t. “These are people who helped change me,” Shadyac said during a recent Portland visit. If you didn’t know the person but only his movies, it’d be easy to call bullshit. No way the man who made Evan Almighty could make something with actual meaning and intent. Could he? Has he all along?

Turns out Shadyac has more on his mind than an animal sleuth with social issues. “I’d been questioning things in my life for years,” Shadyac says. “As success came my way I started to notice a hypocrisy in my life.” At the film’s end, he gives his wealth to worthy causes, buys a bike and moves into a mobile home in Malibu. Now a teacher of screenwriting at Pepperdine University in California, Shadyac lives a much more deliberate life. But I Am is a tricky movie to describe, and most attempts to do so do not give it justice. It really is as simple as this: It’s about feeling and compassion and how we’re biologically engineered to cooperate and not compete with each other.

But it could also be a sense of closure for Shadyac, who made the movie after a bike accident brought life violently into perspective. “ I thought I was literally going to die. I had post concussion syndrome, and it’s quite torturous. I thought, ‘if I am going to die, is there anything I want to explore or say before I go,’ and that’s how I Am was born.”

However, just wanting to say something is easier than actually saying it. The movie could have easily turned into another hour-and-a-half exploration of why the world is so corrupt, but I Am has magnanimity on its mind. “I love documentaries, but I think for myself I’d moved beyond documentaries pointing out the problem. I wanted to know what we do. This film is very different because it’s very hopeful,” Shadyac says.

And through all the egalitarian themes and good vibrations the movie emits, Shadyac never once forgets who he is. “I’m the guy who directed Ace Ventura, and my sensibilities are in this film, so I think it makes it very accessible. There’s a humor and pace to it.” I Am doesn’t resort to such crude humor as having someone grab their ass cheeks and mimic talking through their butt, but it does display a sly comic tone—all while attempting to relate how we are meaningfully connected to the world around us.

It’s poetry blended with scientific fact. At one point we’re told that the chemical element argon is inert, and that when we breathe it, we’re taking a breath that could have once been inside the lungs of Joan of Arc. This may not be as important to understand as helping your fellow-man, but collectively it works as a means to help come to terms with the most essential parts of life. “Very few people will say ‘it’s [what’s most important in life] because my IRA matured.’ They all tell a very similar story. ‘I was apart of something creative, loving, a family, I grew,’”says Shadyac.

But the man credited for cramming more fart jokes into a dinner scene (The Nutty Professor) than anyone before him is by no means a distant memory. “I look back on all those movies with an incredible fondness. Making someone laugh is a way we connect with each other, and I would do it again,” Shadyac says. “The difference is I would do it differently. I would be much more efficient with the resources. I would do it with a simplified crew, and I wouldn’t be amassing all the wealth myself.”

And even upon a close look, I Am shares uniquely similar traits of the human condition that films like Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor or Patch Adams also did. I Am is the theme below those themes. It’s why we may lie to each other; it’s why we may put another person down. [It] looks at the root cause of the society we’ve built.” And even of his past projects, he says, “I think if somebody’s suffering in the hospital and they see Ave Ventura and it removes them from their pain, that’s a pretty important movie.”

Shadyac tells us that “nothing in nature takes more than it needs.”As humans, we’re the only species really capable of greed or unprovoked, malicious intent.But we’re also very susceptible to change. We can empathize, reason and understand. Shadyac says, “I Am presents a point of view; I’m welcome to other points of view. I just want to start the conversation.”

I Am is now playing at the Fox Tower in Portland

“Google flips Android kill switch, destroys a batch of malicious apps”

Android Market

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Google flips Android kill switch, destroys a batch of malicious apps

By Sean Hollister posted Mar 6th 2011 1:19PM
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/06/google-flips-android-kill-switch-destroys-a-batch-of-malicious/

When 21 rogue apps started siphoning off identifying information from Android phones and installing security holes, Google yanked the lot from Android Market, and called the authorities to boot. But what of the 50,000 copies already downloaded by unwitting users? That’s what Google’s dealing with this week, by utilizing Android’s remote kill switch to delete them over the air. But that’s not all, because this time the company isn’t just removing offending packages, but also installing new code. The “Android Market Security Tool March 2011″ will be remotely added to affected handsets to undo the exploit and keep it from sending your data out, as well as make you wonder just how much remote control Google has over our phones. Yes, we welcome our new Search Engine overlords and all that, so long as they’ve got our best interests at heart, but there’s a certain irony in Google removing a backdoor exploit by using a backdoor of its own — even one that (in this case) will email you to report what it’s done.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO……………….

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The UN-Grammafication of America continues

 The UN-Grammafication of America continues and continues to piss off Grandmas everywhere…Psychologically, it is an evolutionary imperative that language will evolve, much like its speakers. The problem is, this phonetic evolution usually leaves the previous generation feeling a bit communicatively chafed. Theres a whole group of Syntax Scorned Seniors shaking a rigid finger at an out of control youth.

I am a rabid word blender on a mission to make my modifications mainstream. I advise everyone to get on board and become their own Grammar Guru.

One of my favorite sites:

http://wordlust.blogspot.com/

http://www.good.is/post/word-blending-linguistic-crossbreeds-from-smog-to-snowverload/

http://muse.dillfrog.com/ambiguous_words.php

Some other links on the subject:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/linguistics/change.jsp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_change

http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/sezwho/change/

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/langevol.html

http://www.drgrammar.org/frequently-asked-questions

 

 

 

 

Mamihlapinatapai

Mamihlapinatapai (sometimes spelled mamihlapinatapei) is a word from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the “most succinct word”, and is considered one of the hardest words to translate. [1] It describes “a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other would initiate something that they both desire but which neither wants to begin.” It is described in Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life, by Len Fisher (p76), when describing the Volunteer’s dilemma. It is also mentioned in Defining the World [2] in a discussion of the difficulties facing Samuel Johnson in trying to arrive at succinct, yet accurate, definitions of words. The word consists of the reflexive/passive prefix ma-(mam-before a vowel), the root ihlapi (pronounced [iapi]), which means to be at a loss as what to do next, the stative suffix -n, an achievement suffix -ata, and the dual suffix -apai, which in composition with the reflexive mam-has a reciprocal sense. References 1. ^ Matthews, P. (ed.). 1992. The Guinness Book of Records 1993. 2. ^ Hitchings, H., p92, Defining the World, Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, New York, 2005.

I’m Posting every day in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Lilywhitewash

EUREKA! I’ve got an idea.

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EUREKA! I’ve got an idea.

To be cont…

And now for the Cont…

Ok, so i am not the most organized chica I know and, well, neither is my blog. So, I’ve decided the best way of categorizing this sucker would be to title the categories to rhyme with the word IDEA.

Thank God for the Rhyme Dictionary and RhymeZone. I’ve pasted below a list of all the possibilities.  : )

This should be fun.

http://www.rhymezone.com/?loc=bar

http://tinyurl.com/4k72r4k

And then I got sidetracked checking out all the other cool dictionaries.

http://tinyurl.com/4fuzg6r

One last thing to note, is it odd that I wanna spend my time looking up a lot of the words like; 

mear, meir, mere, mir, myhre  …. really, five words that sound the same but have different meanings

schweer …. and don’t even pretend you don’t wanna know what in the world this word means. Im about to find out, I schweer, I would never lie to you, lol.

  Words and phrases that rhyme with dear:   (302 results)
1 syllable:
beare, beer, bere, briere, cheer, clear, cleere, crear, creer, cyr, deer, deere, ear, fear, fier, fleer, frear, freire, frere, gear, geer, gere, gier, giere, grear, greer, jeer, kear, kier, kir, kleer, kneer, lear, mear, meir, mere, mir, myhre, near, neer, nir, peer, pier, queer, rear, schear, scheer, schweer, sear, sere, shear, sheer, shere, smear, sneer, spear, speer, speir, sphere, stear, steer, steere, tear, teer, veer, vere, we’re, wier, year, zerr, zier

2 syllables:
adhere, all clear, alvear, amir, appear, austere, bahir, bashir, bassir, bear’s ear, bebear, birch beer, bock beer, bronx cheer, career, cashier, chachere, church year, chusmir, cohere, come near, dark beer, davir, desir, dornier, draw near, dyneer, each year, emir, first gear, frontier, give ear, great year, guinier, high gear, in gear, kamir, king’s spear, laimbeer, lanier, lazear, leap year, life peer, light beer, light year, low gear, mateer, mclear, mcnear, mcneer, mcteer, menear, minear, minteer, mouse deer, mouse ear, mule deer, musk deer, near beer, olear, o’lear, oneyear, orear, pap smear, per year, plenmeer, premier, premiere, puryear, rainier, red deer, revere, roe deer, root beer, rosevear, sabir, safier, sameer, samir, schenk beer, school year, severe, shamir, sincere, small beer, spruce beer, spur gear, st cyr, sun gear, termeer, third gear, unclear, up here, vanleer, vanliere, veneer, wazir, weiss beer, worm gear, yasir, zahir, zaire, zamfir, zegeer

3 syllables:
auctioneer, bandolier, barking deer, bartle frere, belvedere, bevel gear, bombardier, brigadeer, brigadier, budgeteer, burro deer, casebeer, cavalier, chandelier, charpentier, chevalier, christian year, civil year, commandeer, common year, crochetiere, crystal clear, disappear, domineer, dubilier, edward lear, engineer, exovir, fallow deer, far and near, financier, financiere, fiscal year, fishing gear, ginger beer, gondolier, holy year, inner ear, in one ear, insincere, interfere, lagardere, landing gear, last frontier, lunar year, marketeer, mctier, middle ear, munich beer, mutineer, outer ear, over here, pamphleteer, pelletier, persevere, pioneer, planet gear, porter’s beer, profiteer, racketeer, rayonier, reappear, rensselaer, second gear, solar year, souvenir, stable gear, steering gear, summiteer, time of year, to one ear, volunteer, wagoneer, water deer, whitetail deer, without fear, world premiere

4 syllables:
black marketeer, calendar year, celestial sphere, cervical smear, conventioneer, electioneer, elephant ear, elephant’s ear, every year, external ear, financial year, flight engineer, imagineer, internal ear, japanese deer, jewish new year, pere david’s deer, platonic year, reengineer, tropical year, virginia deer

5 syllables:
academic year, army engineer, bioengineer, cauliflower ear, civil engineer, differential gear, highway engineer, marine engineer, mining engineer, naval engineer, pinion and ring gear, planetary gear, political sphere, railroad engineer, sabbatical year, software engineer

6 syllables:
aerospace engineer, astronomical year, capital of zaire, vestibule of the ear

7 syllables:
automotive engineer, efficiency engineer, elasticity of shear, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, military engineer, military volunteer

8 syllables:
aeronautical engineer, metallurgical engineer

Is Mediocrity a SIN or a SINSATION…

Ok, in light of my latest disturbing (?temporary?) emotional shift from Outstanding Chipper Chica to something more like Ordinary Mundane Muchacha. I found myself neck-deep in a convo the other night where my POV was nothing short of a message of mediocrity ~Ptooie~.  I’m not that person! Or am I? This is the question I’ve been pondering since… Is Mediocrity a SIN or a SINSATION?

I can think of many dictators who the world would have been better off had they been a bit more Mediocre.

 A few quotes to ponder…

 “Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.”
 ~Joseph Heller~

 
“Only the mediocre are always at their best.”
 ~Jean Giraudoux~ 
 
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
~Albert Einstein~ 
 
“In large states, public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.”
 ~Friedrich Nietzsche~
 
“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre”
 ~Chet Atkins~

I am still confused by my new-found Mediocrity and suppose I will be for some time to come, or at least until I find my “Balls” which im sure aren’t hidden in the town of Mediocrity,and make a decision.

http://idiotsguidetolife.com/2010/10/05/2011-mediocrity.aspx

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sinsation

http://tinyurl.com/4nyxujb