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New Words in the Dictionary

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You probably have heard it on the news or read it on-line, that the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is adding its annual updated words.  Since the English language is referred to as a “living language” where new words are constantly being made and replaced.  In order to keep the dictionary up to date with all the newest words, Merriam-Webster adds 100 of the most used words to its edition annually.

This year there is quite a controversy on the words chosen for the 2012 update to the dictionary. The hullabaloo surrounds the word F-bomb because of it reference to the four letter F-word.  However, Kory Stamper, the associate editor for Merriam-Webster, lobbied for the word based on its usage and history in the daily language.

Other words that have made the 2012 up-date are:

  • Aha-moment made famous by Oprah

  • E-reader

  • Man cave – thank you HGTV

  • Bucket list

  • Energy drink

  • Earworm- meaning a song that gets stuck in your head.

  • Craft beer

  • Tipping point

  • Game changer

  • Flexitarian –A person who is a vegetarian but sometimes eats meat or fish.

  • Gassed – meaning tired or exhausted

It is amazing that so many words that start out as slang terms end up in the dictionary.   Do you remember when byte, hard drive, and the Internet were just computer geek words?  They, too, eventually made it into the dictionary.  It will be interesting to see what words will show up in the 2013 dictionary up-date.

References

ITALIE, L. (2012, 8 13). F-bomb, Sexting Among New Words In Merriam-Webster Dictionary . Retrieved from TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/fbomb-sexting-among-100-d_n_1774070.html

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. (2012). Retrieved from Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

New 2012 Words Added to Dictionary. (2012). Retrieved from Squidoo, LLC : http://www.squidoo.com/new-words-added-to-dictionary

 

 

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Stats Gone Wild

I am in shock! When I looked at my stats  this afternoon, it states that I have had 432 views for today.  This is amazing.  I have NEVER had that many views. The most views I have ever had were 167.  Upon further examination, I discovered that 372 views were on my HomePage/ Archives.

Hmmmm, I am wondering, who is looking at my pages?  I have heard that people who have been Freshly Pressed will suddenly have a massive amount of views.  So with hope in my heart, I went and snooped at the Freshly Pressed page to see if that was the reason for so many views.  NOPE!

So what is it? Is WordPress having stat issues?  I signed out of my account, turned off my computer, and went back and looked later.  I still have over 400 views!   My only conclusion is that someone is looking at Grandmother Wisdom.  All I can say is thank you so very much and please keep looking! You have made my day!!  If you want to make a comment or two, please feel free.

You are welcome here.

Thank you!

 
 
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Twin Awards

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Today, I am blessed to write about two awards I have been graced with in the last few days. 

The first award, The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award, was given to me by Terry1954.  Terry writes an inspiring blog about her brother who has Parkinson’s disease.  She shares her challenges and triumphs with her readers in loving and moving posts.  Please visit Terry1954 to read inspirational stories that will touch your heart and soul.

The Rules

Give credit to the one who nominated you

Tell seven secrets about yourself

Nominate seven others

The Seven Secrets of Grandmother Musings:

1.   If I tell you my secrets, will they still be secrets?

2.   I really enjoy listening to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM.

3.   I do not like using the touchpad on the laptop.

4.   Romance Novels are my favorite genre.

5.   Dogs and kids are angels in disguise.

6.   If I could play any instrument, it would be the piano.

7.   I had tickets to see Led Zeppelin in 1980, but the show was cancelled because the drummer, John Bonham, died.  

The Seven Nominees:

1.   Human in Recovery

2.   Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow//a journey through my days

3.   Nizy’s Life Compendium

4.   nyparrot

5.   MOUNTAINMAE

6.   A Nature Mom

7.   Worldly Winds

Please visit these wonderful blogs and share a comment or two.

The second nomination is for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  The award, given to me by beyondthegreendoor was a delightful treat.  You will find delicious recipes, gardening advice, and DIY tips at beyondthegreendoor’s blog.  Check out their “Creative Kitchen Challenge” and some of their adventures in Wisconsin.  Thank you to Kenley and “L” for the nomination. Please visit them at beyondthegreendoor!

The Rules:

  • Acknowledge and thank the giver, link it back, and put the award on your page.
  • List 7 things about yourself
  • Pass it on to 7 bloggers who inspire you

7 Things About Me

1.   Although, I have been known to rebel, I try to follow the rules.

2.   I can recite the “Helping Verb Song” and so can every student I have ever taught.

3.   A really, good foot rub could bring peace to the world.

4.   I know someone, who knows someone, who works in South Africa.

5.   Fall River Road in Colorado is my favorite road, ever!

6.   A visit to The Grand Canyon is in my future.

7.   Disorganization is attracted to me no matter how much I try to shield myself from his advances.

7 Inspiring Bloggers

1.   timzauto

2.   adoptingjames

3.   Live Laugh RV

4.   Healing For The Nation

5.   The World is a Book

6.   Campfire Shadows

7.   PhotoNatureBlog

Again, take a few moments and go and visit all of these superb blogs!

Thank you to all of you for your constant support and comments. I appreciate every person who visits Grandmother Musings and wish you all blessings and love.

 

 

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The Best Follower Award

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Thank you to Robin, who hosts one of my favorite blogs to read and comment on, for nominating Grandmother Musings for The Best Follower Award.  At Bringing Europe Home, Robin hosts an inspiring challenge entitled: Quotes from the Masters.  I wait with anticipation every week for the newest quote! Feel free to join in on the challenge by visiting BringingEuropeHome.

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The Rules of The Best Follower Award are as follows:

1.   Thank the giver, link the page, and add the award to your site.

2.   Answer the question: “Who was my first follower?”

3.   Pass it on to your three Best Followers.

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 My first follower was GYA Today, the blog of Paul Mark Sutherland.  According to Paul, GYA stands for “Give Yourself Away.” “GYA today.com” is for people with an interest in learning about, and/or contributing to, the choices and lifestyle associated with growing happiness, tranquility, and abundance by way of helping others.”

Thank you, Paul. You sure made my day as a “baby” blogger by not only liking my post, but by following it, too.  I was so excited to have my first follower!

I would like to pass The Best Follower Award on to my three best followers.  Their honest, intelligent, and warm comments have not only inspired me, but also encouraged me to continue to write daily.  I really appreciate all the support and love I have received from all of my followers.  So without further ado…

NMNPHX– Nicole is an excellent writer who has a great sense of humor and writes brilliant “slice of life” articles. You can witness her humorous posts under “Commuter Chronicles” and “Silly Spam” You will love her writing and her wit. Go follow her, NOW!

Hometogo232 – Diane is a wonderful and encouraging woman. She always has a kind word or a superb piece of advice to share.  Her website mirrors her faith, thoughts, and creative writing.  Her poetry is phenomenal!  Check out Diane’s blog and follow her, TODAY!

FrancineinRetirement–  Francine takes gorgeous pictures of her travels and shares them on her blog. From Kayaks to the streets of New York, her vivid photos make you feel like you are there. Francine= Encouragement.  In fact, every time she comments on a post she writes, “BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED! I love this. Just seeing her words brightens the day. Go and be encouraged by Francine’s wonderful blog, right this moment!

 

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Anytime I can find more resources to help me in the blogging world, I grab them and run!  Check out this recent post for great information about More Widgets for you Blog.

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Customizing With Widgets

 

 

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Everyone loves widgets right? They allow you to add neat features to your blog and really make it your own. They are universal, because you can use them on all different themes, so no matter which theme you’ve used to represent your own personal style, widgets can help you round out the features that make your blog tick. Some of WordPress.com’s newer features like Following and Liking have needed some widget-love, so we’ve whipped up a few new ones to help you out. All of these widgets can be used immediately and added to one of your sidebars under Appearance → Widgets.

Blogs I Follow

The first widget, named Blogs I Follow, allows you to display a list of the blogs that you are following via the WordPress.com Reader. You can display the list as a grid of images representing the blogs or just a series of links. This…

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WINNER OF THE 20 LINES WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : Fleeting Moment

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Yipee! Hooray! I won the 20 Lines Weekly Photo Challege: Fleeting Moment.  Thank you to all who voted for my Photo and to Tim who sponsors the contest at 20 Lines a Day-an exercise in discipline.  I can now display the coveted award on my site with honor.

If you would like a chance to win this award enter at the 20 Lines Weekly Photo Contest.

 

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Spotlight Award

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Thank you to Nicole at NMNPHX for putting Grandmother Musing in the Spotlight!  Every month, she will be Spotlighting 5 blogs. Please visit her July Spotlight and see the other blogs that have been nominated this month.

 

500 Likes!

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Grandmother Musings is so grateful to all of the wonderful people who have taken the  time to visit this site and look around. When this blog was started, 500 likes seemed like an impossible goal, and now look, here it is!  Thank you so much for your support.  Enjoy the day! 🙂

I would also like to invite you to take a look at my post at www.airportsmadesimple.com . It is a Grandmother Musing about the Las Vegas Airport.  Thank you to AirportsMadeSimple for posting my thoughts.  

 

 

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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It has taken me a few days to gather this together due to my trip to Las Vegas, however, I am back and honored to accept the Versatile Blogger Award from Nicole over at NMNPHX.  Not only does Nicole have a great blog of her own and is celebrating its anniversary, she also has been a great supporter of Grandmother Musings, and has become a friend.  So thank you Nicole for the nomination!

RULES:
1.   Add the award to your blog
2.   Thank the blogger who gave it to you
3.   Mention 7 random things about yourself
4.   List the rules (these are the rules)
5.   Pass on the award to 15 bloggers or as many as you reasonably can.
 
7 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Grandmother Musings
1.    Cooking is something I love to do.  I enjoy finding new recipes to spice up the weekly menu for my family.
2.    I didn’t figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up until I was thirty. 
3.    Thank Goodness ear plugs have been invented! I would never get to sleep without them.
4.    I love to Improv and I am currently taking classes at a local college. I also teach it to Jr. High kids.
5.    Recently, I was diagnosed with a dairy, gluten, and corn intolerance.  This was quite a challenge on vacation.
6.    Dogs over cats.
7.    I am a frustrated perfectionist. 
15 Nominations for Outstanding Bloggers
1.    Five Reflections
2.    Chic Envelopments
3.    Studio Kiss
4.    Pillows A-La-Mode
5.    Joel Higgins
6.    Verna Bowman
7.    Coloring with Yarn
8.    Hazell Cottrell
9.    From Scratch Club
10.   One Cool Site
11.   Photo Nature Blog
12.   A Modern Christian Woman
13.   Words and Herbs
14.   Maggiesonebuttkitchen
15.   Kolpona Cuisine

 

Congratulations to all the nominees! Be sure to visit all of these winning blogs.  They are worth it! 

 

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Ways to Refresh Your Blog

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Great Post from One Cool Site! A reminder for all bloggers to keep their blog fresh and interesting.  I am taking this advice and will be updating my own blog this week. Go check out One Cool Site’s blog for other great stuff!

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