2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


WOW: sententious


billnyeThis week’s Word of the Week is: sententious

Sententious is an adjective that means full of maxims or aphorisms.

It can also mean preachy or self-righteous.

To (probably) misquote Bill Nye: The Science Guy: “Now is the time for hackneyed aphorisms”

WOW: bathos


pathosThis week’s Word of the Week is: bathos.

Bathos describes a descent from the epic or exalted to the mundane.

It’s also used as opposed to pathos: an evoking of pity or compassion.

It can also be used as a failed attempt at pathos or loftiness; otherwise known as narm.

WOW: gallimaufry


gallimaufryThis week’s Word of the Week is: gallimaufry

A gallimaufry is a confused jumble.

This is a fun word and sounds vaguely British.

It comes from a Middle French word for stew.

WOW: ataraxia

WoWW_bannerThis Week’s Word is: ataraxia.

tranquilityAtaraxia is the state of tranquility or the lack of anxiety.

This state seems hard to achieve from time to time, especially around this time of year, when holiday preparations are added to the standard busyness and stress of day-to-day life.

I’m not fooling myself that I’m saying anything profound or unique, but there it is.

Let’s all just hope for a little bit of peace on earth and some degree of ataraxia in our lives.

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