Monday, November 15, 2010

Adopt a Word

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done. - Andy Rooney

I’m embracing a term I learned by blog hopping—blogcation. I think most people use it when they are not going to post a blog or two. I’m using in the context that I won’t be visiting blogs. For the next week I’ll be completely offline.

Typing that previous sentence was enough to send chills down my spine, so I have to remind myself it’s for fun reasons. It’s been a while since I’ve been unplugged. It’ll take some adjustment on my part, but I think I’m up for it.

When I get back I’ll be frantically trying to catch up on all the excellent blogs I‘ve missed, so I may have to steal the idea from this cartoon.

Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at

The term blogcation has yet to hit the dictionary, but it seems to be making the rounds and isn’t in jeopardy of fading away anytime soon. However, many words are facing extinction. You can help save these words by adopting one or more. Be prepared to feel the tug on your heart strings as the words call out to you in their desire to be ‘saved.’ Go to Save the Words, find the word(s) you wish to save and make a pledge.

The pledge states, “I hereby promise to use this word, in conversation and correspondence, as frequently as possible to the very best of my ability.” The site also has suggestions for other ways to use the words, such as pet names, skywriting or during a scrabble game.

There are little known words such as:
Pamphagous – eating or consuming everything
Drollic – pertaining to puppet shows
Jussulent – full of broth or soup
Avunculize – to act as an uncle

Others are a bit more nostalgic. Ten-cent store is available. For the younger readers, these stores were the predecessors to today’s Dollar Stores. Microcopy is also offered. Again, for younger readers, these were copies produced by microfilming. What’s microfilming? You can find all you want to know and more on Wikipedia.

In my absence this week, I’m hoping many of these words find a happy home.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope to see you again next Monday.

Tags: Andy Rooney, Inkygirl, Debbie Ohi, blogcation, adopt a word,


The Golden Eagle said...

Have a great blogcation!

I adopted a word from that site before. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jane .. have a good break and come back renewed .. enjoy your time out .. Hilary

Darcia Helle said...

Enjoy your time unplugged, Jane. The mere thought makes me queasy! By the way, I had a jussulent stomach after dinner last night. :)

Joanne said...

Oh a ten-cent store evokes so many memories, walking on the creaky wooden floors, shelves of dusty merchandise, a little mechanical horse ride outside the front door. There's something so comforting about them.

Enjoy your blogcation :)

Karen Walker said...

Hope you have a wonderful blogcation, Jane.

Mason Canyon said...

Have a wonderful blogcation. Being unplugged for a whole week does sound a bit scary. LOL A year ago I couldn't image being plug-in to blogs for a whole week. Oh how life changes.

Thoughts in Progress

Old Kitty said...

I so want to adopt a word!!!! I want a feminine one that I can dress up in pink! :-) And I'll call it Susan!

But seriously - this is a great link - thank you!!

Enjoy your blogcation - we'll miss you and hope to see you very soon! Take care

Carol Kilgore said...

Enjoy your blogcation!

Linda Leszczuk said...

I don't mean to be impudent, but when I was young, the phase was "five and dime" rather than "ten cent store".

Yes, I just adopted "impudent". It's a great word. If I'm not mistaken, Henry Higgins called Eliza Doolittle an "impudent hussy" (in the musical number Without You).

The Old Silly said...

Well I learned some new words today, thanks!

Lol, fun post. But 'Blogcation'? I coined that word, at least I thought I had. I had never heard it before when I announced my own short Blogcation this past summer, and since then I've been seeing it all over the place.

Hart Johnson said...

Have a fun and fabulous blogcation! I love making up words... using rare words though, is something I could probably use some help with...I will have to give a couple of your suggestions a shot... I do love to eat souppy things...

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Thanks for reminding me about "Adopt a Word". Went there once a couple of months back, but never found a word I wanted to adopt. Maybe I will be luckier this time round. Have a great blogation.

And this may be the wrong time to tell you, but I am putting you in the spotlight on my blog tomorrow.

Teresa aka JW said...

I never thought I would be using words like blogcation or blog hopping. Whew! Have a great blogcation offline. (what would my grandmothers think of these words?)

DazyDayWriter said...

Enjoy your reprieve from cyberspace, Jane. Sort of doing the same thing in SunnyRoomStudio ... blogging about Winter Reflection. Just that time of year when I'm drawn within seeking inspiration, discovery, and renewal. Best always, Daisy (thanks for the new word, by the way!)

Enid Wilson said...

A lot of new words come up every day in blogsphere. Happy blogcation! Hope you come back with many fresh ideas.

My Darcy Mutates

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Golden Eagle, I’m so glad a word has found a happy home.

Thanks, Hilary.

Darcia, isn’t jussulent a wonderful word!

Joanne, your description of a ten-cent store brought back special memories for me. Thanks.

Thanks, Karen.

Mason, it’s funny how quickly our life changes in ways we never imagine.

Old Kitty, I hope you find a word to adopt because I can tell you would treat it very well.

Thanks, Carol.

Linda, congratulations on adopting impudent. It’s a great word. I’m sure you’ll be happy together. Now that you mention it, I do remember the phrase “five and dime.”

Marvin, aha! So that’s where I first saw the term blogcation!

Thanks, Hart. Jussulent sounds like the perfect word for you as it goes along with 'souppy' things.

Rayna, I hope you find the perfect word to adopt on your next visit. Thanks for featuring me on your blog. I am truly flattered.

Teresa, I’m pretty sure my grandmother would think I lost my mind with this blogging stuff and would insist I could find more productive things to do with my time.

Thanks, Daisy. I plan to catch up with my visits starting tomorrow.

Enid, thanks. I do enjoy picking up new words and sayings from blog hopping.

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