the most looked-up words of the year

December 09, 2008 | 4 Comments

Oh! Oh! Carol had a brilliant idea. Create a sentence using all of the words. Look what a good job she did. Outdone by a Canadian, once again! WTG Carol!

The task for the maverick was to vet the bipartisan paper on socialism, with much trepidation, he regarded the bailout and the turmoil the rogue politicians had put forward could cause the country to fall over the precipice, fortunately the paper did not reveal any words regarding the state of misgoyny in the hallowed halls of the capital buildings.
The words, according to Merriam:

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year 2008

With politics and the economy foremost on the minds of many, it is no wonder that bailout—a word ubiquitously featured in discussions of the presidency and fiscal policy—took home honors as Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2008.

Bailout, defined in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition as “a rescue from financial distress,” received the highest intensity of lookups on Merriam-Webster Online over the shortest period of time. As evident from the 2008 Word of the Year contenders list below, the presidential campaign and financial issues factored heavily in the concerns of our online visitors throughout the year.

Traffic to Merriam-Webster Online now exceeds 125 million individual page views per month. This corresponds to approximately ten lookup requests in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary or Thesaurus per second. During peak hours, this may increase to more than 100 requests per second.

Merriam-Webster’s #1 Word of the Year for 2008:


1. bailout (noun)
a rescue from financial distress



Click on each of the other words in the Top Ten List for their definitions in Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary:

  1. vet
  2. socialism
  3. maverick
  4. bipartisan
  5. trepidation
  6. precipice
  7. rogue
  8. misogyny
  9. turmoil

Hmmm. I didn’t actually have to look any of the words up because I already knew them (she said smugly). There’s a consistency in the list above. What does it say about us as a society?

I’ve been typealized.

December 07, 2008 | 5 Comments

I’ve always wanted to go into analysis but who has time? So I had my blog analyzed instead. It uses the Myers-Briggs matrix. The result is hilarious to me because every quadrant is exactly opposite what I get when I take the test (I’m an INTP). Type in your blog’s URL here and see why “type” you are. Here are my results:

The analysis indicates that the author of is of the type:

ESFJ – The Socializers

The social and opinionated type. They are especially attuned to the feelings of themselves and others. They tend to be very aware of the values of their peer-group and tend to see things as either right or wrong, good or bad. They tend to be traditional and value their friends and family the most.

The Socializers are down-to-earth, practical people and very keen on making sure everyone is alright. This quality makes them enjoy social work places. Since they enjoy beeing and keeping things neat and tidy, they often also enjoy working in such environments.

(This is followed by a scary diagram of a brain with a big bulge in the “feeling” quadrant. DUH.) 

season of giving

December 07, 2008 | 1 Comment

The sweetest of love stories came to a bittersweet end. Talented writer and old friend Jo Leigh’s story is here. And the end here. Author Alison Kent has organized a fundraiser chock full of incredible gifts you can bid on, proceeds to go to medical costs. Please take a look, make a bid, and help out a wonderful writer.

Jolie & Dotes Jolie & Dotes

the easiest way EV-AR to share a photo

December 05, 2008 | 6 Comments

Talk about your instant gratification. Go here:, click Browse, select the photo, then click “Drop It!” and the photo goes right up.

Here’s an example: 

And here’s one of a baby sea lion on my beach. I used Piccdrop to insert it here, with right-click, copy, paste:

 Hurry! Go to Piccdrop and upload a photo! Paste the URL in the Comments section below.

Stay out of the doghouse.

December 03, 2008 | 7 Comments

As a public service, I am posting this cautionary video here. Please pass it on to the men in your life.


dirty jobs

December 02, 2008 | 18 Comments

Oxford is fighting the good fight for the English language. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Here’s their latest list. Check it out. Do you see any of your little shop of horrors here?

The top ten most irritating phrases:

1 – At the end of the day

2 – Fairly unique

3 – I personally

4 – At this moment in time

5 – With all due respect

6 – Absolutely

7 – It’s a nightmare

8 – Shouldn’t of

9 – 24/7

10 – It’s not rocket science