This post is not about the year’s events, accomplishments, trials, or tribulations. Nor is it about hope and plans for the future. It is simply a little post about a few things that I learned in 2015.
Words added to my vocabulary:
- Pleonasm: too many words!
- A whole bunch of food-related words. Always food. Here are a few new ones. (For a more complete list, read: ‘Hangry’? Want a Slice of ‘Piecaken’? The Top New Food Words for 2015):
- Hangry: you know this one
- Climatarian: just what it sounds like; eating with a pronounced regard to reversing climate change
- Cuisinomane: Canadian French equivalent of “foodie”
- Tautophrase: You do you. Ugh, this phrase is just awful, and apparently tautophrase is the term for it. None other than the estimable writer William Safire coined this word about ten years ago to describe self-justifying constructions, which also includes “it is what it is,” another phrase that makes my ears bleed. There are many more such ugly tautophrases that you can read about in the great article How ‘You Do You’ Perfectly Captures Our Narcissistic Culture.
I also learned how to make beer bread. It’s not very difficult to make, and it’s pretty tasty.
I learned about whales tipping over whaling ships, and the subsequent little boats of sailors stranded at sea, in the book In the Heart of the Sea. I was a little bit pleased with myself that I read the book before learning that a movie was made about this tale and would be released in December.
Finally, I learned how to do some pretty cool formatting in Squarespace. This easy web tool has all kinds of functionality that I haven’t even begun to explore yet, and that makes me excited to try some new things in 2016.
So, onward ho we go!