Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge - January 11, 2012

It's time again for another Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Lake Superior University has once again published a list of words/phrases they think should be banished from the Queen's English in 2012-

amazing, baby bump, shared sacrifice, occupy, blowback, man cave, the new normal, pet parent, win the future, trickeration, ginormous, and thank you in advance.

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Go here to read more about how the words are chosen.
Well, you'll never believe this, but I hadn't even heard of a few of these words. I guess that is the problem (or perhaps advantage...whichever way you look at it) of living overseas. I only catch on to these phrases if I hear them from friends or see them written somewhere. One of the things I can't stand to hear is "My bad!" But that isn't on the list.
In any case, I would definitely vote to do without trickeration. I mean, really... trickeration? The proper word should be trickery. Trickery was fine for years and years and years. Why mess with it? 
2. Are you easily embarrassed?

Not really. Definitely not with friends. Perhaps in a business situation if I would do something very stupid, but then I'd try to get out of it with a bit of humor. Laughter makes everything better. (okay, perhaps not everything but most things)

3. What is your go-to snack?

Believe it or not, I don't really have one. Sometimes fruit or yogurt or paprika chips. Of course, Landliebe chocolate pudding is a tasty choice, but imagine if I ate pudding every day. On the other hand, don't. It wouldn't be pretty.

4. Have you ever been to Washington D.C.? If not do you have any desire to go? What site/attraction would you most want to see in that city? If you have been, what's your favorite site/attraction?

I've been there lots of times. I've been to the Smithsonian so many times and it is nice, but for an indoor activity I might decide to get lost in the art museum. I like the way it is set up and it houses many fine works. Yet, the outdoor sights are wonderful, not to mention all the great people watching one can do. I think one of the best times to go and browse the outdoor sights and fountains and such is when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It adds a nice touch and gentleness to everything.

5. sit ups-planks-lunges-squats...which do you hate the least?

At one time the answer would have been either sit-up or lunges. I always hated squats. Not big on planks either but they're not as bad as squats. But now, after having been sick a long time with a triple infection, one being invasive group A strep which hit my body hard, they are all a challenge. Some days I feel like an ancient lady. Old and decrepid. 
6. What's a small act of kindness you were shown that you've never forgotten?

I try to be a kind and helpful person and believe that what you give returns to you. I am lucky to know some wonderful people who have done so. ALL those acts of kindness are  appreciated, and I'd hate to single one out over the others.  

7. Have you ever been a blood donor?

Certainly have. Except after living in England and returning to the states, they wouldn't let me be a donor anymore due to BSE. I lived there at the time of the outbreak. I think I could probably try again. I mean, if I haven't gone mad-cow yet, then I am probably safe, right?

(what do you mean by you think I might have it? Huh? Huh? Do you think that is a-moos-ing? Huh? Do you!!? That's udderly ridiculous!) 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

But seriously...this thought keeps coming into my head today.

Yesterday evening as I was driving home, the full moon looked liked a giant, marbled pearl in the sky and a hazy circle, like an embracing halo, surrounded it. What a beautiful sight. I keep kicking myself for not grabbing my camera and taking a picture as soon as I got home. Real big kick in the...

Have a wonderful day! Don't forget to check out Joyce's Blog for more Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ AND to join in the fun!


Susan Gourley said...

Enjoyed your answer. I really hate 'thank you in advance.' It presumes you're going to do a favor or something.
I hate lunges, bad knees, though I don't mind squats so much.

Tami said...

We were lucky to live near Washington DC and go on school field trips. I was amazed to read other blogs and see how many people have never been there. It's a shame, because it's a party of our history and really is beautiful.

I know you didn't mention anyone in particular with the random act of kindness. You; however, did a random act yourself when you organized a clothing drive for a family who lost everything in a fire. This family was in the US and you are in Germany… you STILL helped and did what you could. I nominate you, Linda!

Joyce said...

A few people mentioned my bad. I've never heard the word trickeration used but 'shared sacrifice' is a favorite of politicians : )

Linda H. said...

Actually, Tami, Corinna organized the clothing drive. I just extended her call to my friends in the area. Since my brother once lost everything in a fire, I know what a challenging situation this is. It will take a while for that family to get back on their feet again and regardless what people think, the amount one gets from insurance (if they are covered) never quite comes close to what one needs to replace everything. And many personal things can never be replaced.

Basically, I think kindness and compassion go a long way. Whenever I can do something to help, I try my best to do so. It is often a cruel world out there. Why not shine a little sunshine when we can :-)

And by the way, you deserve a little reward yourself for donating clothing.

JOYCE, I also hate "thank you in advance". Why not just say thank you or just say "we hope you can...". Seems a bit silly to thank someone before they do something and also implies expectation which can be a bit rude depending on the circumstance. (And thanks for hosting Wednesday Hodgepodge. I now look forward to Wednesday's, in anticipation of what questions await)

Linda H. said...

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. ~Dalai Lama~

E.D. said...

Trickeration and man cave - I hate those words! I also cannot stand thank you in advance. Just thank you.
Great post!