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 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 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?