Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge--All About Those Words

Time for Wednesday questions:
 
1. What's your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I'm asking for a friend. Make sure you communicate.  Talk to each other and really listen.  Don't talk at each other.  So much gets lost in the act of communicating if you don't pay attention.

2. Before we're too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined As Silver, so everyone go say hi.

Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?"and "Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"
  I worked that day--a long 10 hour day at the chiropractor I worked for. I got home at around 6:30 and was just wiped out.  I made it until midnight in Chicago (I live in the mountian time zone) and said the world is still here; I'm going to bed.
3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn't a word. It's the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that's not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014? "Really?!" said with varying amounts of sarcasm, disbelief or humor, depending on the occasion.
4. Speaking of words, it's that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year's top vote getters are-

bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix).

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?
Polar Vortex.  When I was growing up those were called arctic cold fronts and they happened every winter, multiple times. I'm not sure why they got a PR makeover, but I don't think they really needed one.
5.  January is National Hot Tea month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day? I have a cup of tea a day--most every morning.  I love chai tea and also several of the teas from Celestial Seasons.  Not such a fan of ginseng tea, but I will do green tea, but prefer well done herbal teas most of the time.
6. Whatever happened to________________________________? Common courtesy. Or common sense?  Both are lacking in today's society.  They claim the 80s were the me generation, but I think we are far more about ourselves these days than we should be. There is also a lack of common sense.  Anyone who was using common sense would never put questionable materiel out where the general public could find it.  At least you would hope they wouldn't...
7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter? As You Wish: the behind the scenes of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes.  I'm most of the way through it right now.
8. Insert your own random thought here. Even with our lazy weekend we still manged to have a spectacular sunrise on Saturday:
Have a great week!


4 comments:

Jill said...

Ahhh the Polar Vortex... I remember last winter hearing about it so much, and thinking, "we always have cold like this...since when is it a Polar Vortex?" lol

incognitusscriptor.com said...

Good one on the common courtesy/sense. I think that is totally rue; so many people have lost sight of that.

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Joyce said...

What a gorgeous photo! The sky in winter makes up for the cold and dark. Almost : )

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