New Words

Isn’t it fabulous to be witness to an ever changing world? I caught this article in

Here are some of the latest words to be added to our wonderful language:
chill pill – a notional pill taken to make someone calm down
chillax – calm down and relax
turducken – a roast dish consisting of a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey
bargainous – costing less than is usual or than might be expected; cheap or relatively cheap
staycation – holiday spent in one’s home country
fussbudget – a fussy person
vuvuzela – long horn blown by fans at soccer matches
national treasure– someone/thing regarded as emblematic of a nation’s cultural heritage
buzzkill – a person or thing that has a depressing or dispiriting effect
social media – websites and applications used for social networking
microblogging – the posting of very short entries on a blog
netbook – small light laptop
dictionary attack – an attempt to gain illicit access to a computer system by using a very large set of words to generate potential passwords
paywall – an arrangement whereby access is restricted to users who have paid to subscribe to a website
freemium – a business model, especially on the Internet, whereby basic services are provided free of charge while more advanced features must be paid for
automagically – automatically and in a way that seems ingenious, inexplicable, or magical
carbon capture – and storage the process of trapping and storing carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels
geoengineering – manipulation of environmental processeses in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming
toxic debt – debt which has a high risk of default
deleveraging – the process or practice of reducing the level of one’s debt by rapidly selling one’s assets
overleveraged – having taken on too much debt
quantitative easing – the introduction of new money into the money supply by a central bank
exit strategy – a pre-planned means of extricating oneself from a situation
overthink – think about (something) too much or for too long
catastrophizing – view or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is
soft skills – personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people
matchy-matchy – excessively colour-coordinated
LBD – little black dress
frenemy – a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry
cheeseball – lacking taste, style, or originality
cool hunter – a person whose job it is to make observations or predictions about new styles and trends
hikikomori – the abnormal avoidance of social contact, typically by adolescent males (in Japan)
steampunk – a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advance technology
tweetup – a meeting organized by means of posts on Twitter
bromance – a close but non-sexual relationship between two men
wardrobe malfunction – an instance of a person accidentally exposing an intimate part of their body as a result of an article of clothing slipping out of position
defriend – another term for unfriend (remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site)
Interweb – the Internet
hater – negative person
I particularly like matchy-matchy – cuz I use it all the time!

First blog stage fright

So I’ve been sitting here for while trying to think of a topic for my first post here in WordPress, and as I usually do in pressure situations, I’m drawing a blank. It probably isn’t helping that I’m trying to do this at work–but don’t tell anyone! Seriously though, I must have minimized this screen at least 5 times since I started this paragraph.

I suppose it’s very ironic that someone who has a hard time writing about themselves would start a blog. But if you read my “About Me” section you’ll already have some insight on that.

I’m an author–or at least I write stories. I published my first Young Adult novel Finding Normal via Amazon Kindle late last year. It was an amazing journey from the moment I typed the first few words to the day I sold my first copy. I’ve been working on my second one. It’s going to be trilogy and has a little bit more fantasy/paranormal aspects to it. It’s been a lot of fun so far. But it’s been taking me longer to get through this one, and I’m told that the best way to get through writers block is to either read, or write about something completely different. So here is where I plan to do just that. I plan to look at it as my creative sandbox. I hardly think I have the gumption to critique another author’s work, so you won’t get that from me. But if I love a book, I’ll definitely pass it on! So basically I’ll read some, then maybe write about something I liked in a particular passage or narrative description. I’m not going to limit myself to books either. Anything and everything that inspires me will be possible topics of discussion.

Okay, I really need to get back to work now. But I am interested in finding out who else has had first blog stage fright. And how did you get past it?