Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Word(s) of the Year(s)



Someone asked this week whether or not the word of the year is still a "thing."

As an English teacher, my philosophy is the more words you own, the better off you are.  As a blogger, my word kept me on track.

In 2014, my word was "purge." I wanted to get rid of some of the things we no longer use, knowing that others would be happy to have them.




Each of these receipts signifies an entire station wagon full of things given to bless someone else.  (Side note: if you are a size four or six, first of all I hate you--j/k--second of all, there has been an influx of gorgeous clothing at the Goodwill on Coliseum Drive, if you're interested.) One of the Habitat receipts is for a three-piece sectional.  We met our goal of purging, in a big way.  (Not that we're done, by any means.)





This year, I have chosen not one, but TWO words!  (I figured if one worked well, two would work better.)  Also, we are concurrently working on two big house projects--a laundry room and bath--so two seems to be appropriate.



When looking for a word, I considered several, like 'organize' and 'vegetable.' ( Organize because now that I've purged, I need to get what's left in some semblance of order, and vegetable--eat more and don't become one.) But none of the words I considered 'spoke' to me. So one night while I was eating a nice salad (vegetables!) by myself in Clemson, SC on the way to visit my sister in Florida, I decided to look up words that NO ONE else would choose or even know, for that matter.  Archaic words.  I found a slew of them on Listverse and began perusing.

For a moment, I considered 'pizzle,' which means to beat someone with a dried bull's penis, but when would one ever use that?  Except three or four times a day, mostly during second period, where most of those scholars deserve a pizzle once in awhile.



My words for 2015:

                                *EXCOGIGATE
Excogigate means to plan, plot or devise.  It's to bring about by thinking.  It means that I think about something and plan it, and it gets done! (As opposed to the way I usually do stuff, which is randomly starting something without a plan and never finishing.) I like to think if I plan to take over the world, it will happen.

Which brings me to my next word, which is 

                      *PUISSANT
Puissant means having great power or influence.  Doesn't everyone want to have a little more power or influence, even if it's only over the projects one has been excogigating?




Happy 2015, Peeps! Do you have a word?

15 comments:

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

No word yet. Happy new year

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i haven't come up with any goals or words- i think i am just content. maybe that should be my word, now that i think of it.

Bliss said...

While I chortle and guffaw, I'm gonna quaff a few and put a pizzle stick in my drink. Wait, that's swizzle right?

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

lol. Love you. :)

Art and Sand said...

A word for 2015? Now you have me thinking!

Decor To Adore said...

Finally some words of the year that are worth reading! I love when my vocabulary is stretched! :)

Have a wonderfully joyous, happy and healthy new year!

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel said...

LOL!! I actually googled pizzle. lol.

Lauren TheEndearingHome said...

I love the words you chose! I have never had a word of the year, but yours are so cool and inspiring now I want one! Happy New Year Kirby, hope your 2015 is amazing!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm already out looking for a dried bull penis to use as a club. Thanks for the idea!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Thanks for starting out with a big laugh! Pizzle....crack me up! I don't have a word, let alone 2! Two remodels? Looking forward to seeing them both!

Feral Turtle said...

Great word choices for an English teacher! Obviously, not having an English major, and probably having renos start soon, I think my word shall be dust! I can spell it, and there will be lots of it for 2015. Cheers to two exciting remodels Kirby. I can hardly wait!

Miss Kitty said...

I think you are correct that no one else will pick those words, Kirby! I admire you for choosing a couple and I congratulate you for sticking to your word for 2014. I don't do OLW or resolutions for the New Year...I just get depressed when I don't live up to either. I am looking forward to seeing your projects in 2015!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Yes, you could certainly take over the world after excogigating! Then you would certainly attain your goal of being puissant! Happy New Year, my friend! :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Funny words!! Today on the way home from the mall, where I bought more stuff I do not need, the word purge came to mind. I had just read someone else's blog about their word so I guess I was subconsciously thinking about it. I will be using purge this year for the stuff I need to get rid of, and also to purge my sometimes rotten attitude and not so nice thoughts! :-)

Andrea said...

Purge was such a great word for last year! Maybe I need to try to think of one...how about revive!

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