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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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...here's the list for 2013-

fiscal cliff, kick the can down the road, double down, job creators/creation, passion/passionate, yolo (an acronym for you only live once), spoiler alert, bucket list, trending, superfood, boneless wings, and guru.
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 were chosen.
All of them. Why choose? lol I like people's reasoning when I visited the site. All very good and logical reasons to kick these words and phrases to the curb OR at least let them only be used for their intended purpose. Although "superfood" should just go. And "trending" is annoying. "Boneless wings" don't look like wings at all, but we can't really call them nuggets because chickens don't have nuggets, soooooo . . . we need to find something else. I don't call anyone a "guru" - I do, however, call people "Yoda" (like people who train me lol). So really, all of them can go. They can follow the lemming and jump right off that, um, "fiscal cliff".
2. When was the last time you rode a train? Where did you go?
Never. Unless it was some kiddie train at Disneyland, which I don't think counts, I don't think I've ever been on a train.

3. Bagels-yay or nay? Favorite 'flavor'? Favorite topping?
NAY. I've yet to meet a bagel I liked. Maybe one day. When I'm pregnant and craving all the stuff I don't like. lol

4. 'Tis the season of awards shows...if you could star in a movie already made which one would you choose?
One of my all-time faves is While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock (don't think it even got nominated for any awards, though). I'd like Sandra Bullock's part. For a more recent role, I kinda would like to be Katniss in The Hunger Games because she makes archery look cool and she's pretty bad-ass.

5. The move towards single gender classrooms has been making the news in recent months....what say you? Do you think kids perform better if separated by gender and are taught differently or is that discrimination? If you're a parent, is this something you'd support in regard to your own children?
I'm not a parent, but I don't believe kids should be segregated by gender. I don't think that would do our children any good service. I really feel like society is becoming too freaked out for it's own good. We are offended far too easily, and any little thing we suddenly jump on it and demand change. Some things need changing. This? Doesn't. Unless it's some kind of private school that's always been gender specific, this is not something that needs to be done. Kids need to be around each other and learn from each other and learn how to handle differences and situations. Even if separated, kids will still do stupid things like sexting and bullying (personal or online), and everything else that they do. Not to mention they will still be distracted, still have crushes, and still be kids. Separating them will not make anything better, in my humble opinion.

6. What's your favorite thing about staying in a hotel?
Someone else does the laundry! lol

7. Do you have a 'word' for 2013? What's the story behind your choice?
"Suckinsy". Thus far, 2013 and I are not getting off on the right foot. I'm hoping this means it can really only get better from here.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Hmmm. Random thought . . . random thought. My mind is rather empty of random thoughts at the moment. OH. Here's one. If you haven't seen the new show on Discovery (I think it's Discovery) called Africa, you are seriously missing out. I think it's made by the same crew that did Planet Earth, which was freaking awesome. Africa is truly awesome, teaching you in a way that makes you tear up and laugh and go "huh, didn't know that".

Please visit my new series on 100 Things I Love About the USA.  :o)

30 comments:

  1. Yes to #6! I cannot stand laundry and it's awesome knowing someone else will take care of it. Ha! While You Were Sleeping is a great movie, but I haven't seen the other one. (gasp! I know!) :D

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    1. Haha, I still own "While You Were Sleeping" on VHS. So I never watch it anymore. lol

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  2. I actually just got around to reading the actual list on the website and the peoples answers. I have to say I disliked all the people. They sounded pretentious. I shouldn't have went there :)

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    1. I didn't read all of the list, just a few of them.

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  3. I'm recording Africa... I saw a preview with two giraffes fighting over a girl : ). It looked really good. I agree with your thoughts on what America has become- so tiresome!!

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    1. Oh you will LOVE Africa. Such a good show.

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  4. My 2013 didn't start off too well either! I hope it does get better for the both of us, though. *hugs*

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    1. Thanks! And I hope yours picks up, too! *hugs back!*

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  5. I completely agree with you on #5! Completely. This is one subject I can go on and on about. I won't, though. Just wanted to say that you were straight on.

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  6. Okay, lessee...
    1. I'd have to go with "double-down" as it is used the farthest from its original meaning.
    2. We have a former depot nearby that used to give a yearly train ride around the place. Closest I ever came, but not quite the City Of New Orleans.
    3.Not enough data as yet.
    4.Something with the Duke, like The Sons Of Katie Elder.
    5.That is, IMHO, a dmiwit idea.
    6.Boy, its been a while... I guess new surroundings.
    7. I don't have words of the year, more like "flavors of the week". Closest we've had thus far this year was changing a computer cleaner ad to "MyCleanPP.com".
    8.Still getting used to "Miss CB". First brief thought is "who da hell is dat?"

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    1. Sorry for confusing you (and everyone else). lol I like the change you made to a computer ad. lol

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  7. Ooh, right there with you on your movie choices - fantastic movies! And really, anything with Sandra Bullock is fine with me... ;-) I'll go see if I can find Africa on Netflix or Hulu... we all loved Planet Earth!

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    1. If Hulu runs brand spankin' new shows, then go for it. (I don't really use Hulu so I just don't know.) But I definitely recommend it.

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  8. Ahhh, Africa - it's on BBC here, and think it's the same crew that did the Frozen Planet.

    I'd totally forgotten about While You Were Sleeping. I loved that film too. It cracked me up.

    Also taken a wee look at your 100 things in USA series and I am literally laughing out loud that some American dude bought London Bridge and shipped it to Arizona. Brilliant.

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    1. I mean, really, some guy in Arizona wanted to help bring tourism to his town. I mean, no big city like New York or San Francisco bought it. Some podunk town in Arizona. LOL We Americans are freaking insane, let me tell you. LOL

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  9. Love your answers! Our answer to #6 was very similar. Yep I enjoy Sandra Bullock too, she is a wonderful actress! And I can't wait to come back and read your series 100 Things. Glad you stopped by my post!
    until next time...nel

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  10. I hope 2013 improves. Nothing starts a year of wrong than bad luck.

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  11. I love just about anything that's on the Discovery Channel, so I'll have to check that show out. Thanks for the head's up!

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  12. I can tolerate doing laundry, my favorite is i don't have to make the bed and the free breakfasts!

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    1. I agree, I don't care much for making beds, either!

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  13. Oh ya....why didn't I think of that? Someone else doing the laundry. Yes indeed. As for Africa, I haven't seen it...but I really enjoyed the programs "Planet Earth".

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    1. We always think of it after someone else said it. lol I've done that, too.

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  14. So agree with you about the laundry thing. I wonder if I sent my laundry to the hotel, would they notice? I'm sorry that 2013 hasn't turned so great yet, maybe soon. Keep your chin up.

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    1. Hey if that laundry bit works for you, let me know. LOL

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  15. I agree! I think our society is becoming too freaked out and over-analysis of everything. Wish sometimes we lived in a world with freer attitude. I LOVE Africa!!!!

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