Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
I love words. That's what I've been talking about this week. I just like reading and writing, even though I am not that great at grammar or spelling. The other day I had to fill out a questionnaire using pen and paper and it was so hard to have to rely on the spell check in my brain! Seriously, I am ever so grateful for the little red lines under my words that indicate that questionnaire is not spelled questionaire (I'm using a real life example here).
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
We know the English language is constantly evolving. Especially in the digital era that we live in new words and trendy phrases are popping up left and right. But when does a new word actually become a word, like a real word? I hunted around the web for a while and made some new discoveries about this process, particularly from merriam-webster.com.
Believe it or not there are actually people that get paid to spend hours reading magazines, books, and other published materials in search of new words.
I can picture it now
"Honey, would you get your nose out of the sports section and take out the garbage!"
"Quiet, I am tying to work over here!"
At the Merriam-Webster office they call this activity “reading and marking”. If they find a new word or new variation of a word they mark it along with what context it is written in. Then the word gets put into a computer as a citation. From there it is reviewed by someone called the “definer”. Once the word is used in a substantial number of citations, that come from a wide range of sources, over the course of several years, then the definer determines it’s meaning and whether or not it should be added to the dictionary.
It's serious business, but there area also a few exceptions. If a word makes a enough of an impact to look like it is going to be an important word that is likely to last it just might get to skip the lengthy process and jump right into the dictionary. This was the case with the word AIDS in the 1980’s.
So we know that new words are making their way into our modern vocabulary, but what about the old words, do they ever die off? Absolutely. Take Snollygoster for example. Snollygoster was removed from the dictionary almost a decade ago and it means "a shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician”or at least that is what it USED to mean, if you know what I mean.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Then the next week I talked about art and I just didn’t want the fun to end
Then a lesson in grief when a baby chick died which for a while left me reeling
Now it's time to for another year of blogging because blog writing is where it's at!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Then the poor little guy broke his collar bone and he got pneumonia too
Thanks to being snowed in I had a little time to read and clean my room
the next week Z started feeling better after two weeks of feeling gloom.
In February I wrote about our safari and baby SJ’s latest addiction
The month was actually full of cool stuff that really helped jump start my system
I blogged about parenting and then showed photos of my girl who just turned one
Then I had to share at least 2 posts about all the cool birthday party fun
On week 32 I wrote about sleep, libraries, imagination and more
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Read part 1 here.
I gave some updates about baby girl and what she was up to on week twelve
Then on week 16 I finally moved on to talking about something besides our wedding
And after that I was feeling cheerful because we started getting ready for Christmas
Week 19 I shared some of life’s moments. The ones I want to remember well
The week of Christmas I lost my mind when we headed out for holiday trip
But it didn’t take long to cheer up as we celebrated our biggest Christmas yet
It’s funny how much it snowed this season and yet somehow it never got old
Monday, August 15, 2011
On August eight one year ago my blog was up and looking fine
Then suddenly my domain was gone and there was no blog on August nine
But by the 16th I was back in business and wrote my blogiversary poem