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.

WOW: usageaster

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: usageaster.

A usageaster is a self-styled expert in language usage.  Often it’s used in a derogatory sense.

Sometime I feel that I’m presumptuous enough having a weekly language post  that I might be in danger of being a usageaster myself.

Word of the Week Wednesday: velleity


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: velleity.

Velleity, pronounced vuh-LEE-i-tee, denotes the lowest degree of desire or volition.

It’s a weak wish completely unaccompanied by any action to fulfill it .

I like this odd, uncommon word, although I can see it used harshly in a judgmental fashion.


Word of the Week Wednesday: behoove


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: behoove.

The word behoove is a verb that means to be necessary or proper.  It’s not an inordinately uncommon word but it’s just old-timey enough to stand out.

It might behoove us to try to slip in into conversation when we get an opportunity.


Word of the Week Wednesday: acephalous


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: acephalous.

Acephalous means headless.

Chiefly a zoological term, it describes an organism that lacks a clearly defined head, like many insect larva.

Metaphorically, though, it can also mean without a head politically; not having a ruler.

Being Halloween, this seems like a fitting word.


Word of the Week Wednesday: anhedonic


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: anhedonic.

Someone who is anhedonic suffers from the condition of hedonia, which is a lack of pleasure or the capacity for feeling pleasure.

This word struck me as interesting when I first heard it used on How I Met Your Mother.

The word also makes me think of the lyrics to “Kitten Intro” by They Might Be Giants:

“Yet, one of these kittens is not prepared to have a good time.”


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