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Been There. Done That.


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 13, 2018 - 9:35 PM

Been There. Done That.

The Newnan Times-Herald

How many of you, while throwing something into the trash have completely missed the basket or if you were shooting a basketball missed the rim or backboard?

  1. Since I found Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” I’ve watched every episode in rapid succession.
  2. How much are you finding the increased popularity of the elderberry flower on the labels in the making of wines, liqueurs, and teas?
  3. If you tell me the elderberry flower has always been popular in wines and such, then I’ll need to cover my face with my hand in embarrassment.
  4. With maturity I do not take the quick and cheap approach to wanting to wear the latest fashion trends.
  5. Some people of affluence or privilege like to think their minor or trivial problems or annoyances, like their phone not working, supersede people in poor and underdeveloped parts of the world.
  6. There are those who are unable to consistently access or afford adequate food.
  7. One friend abruptly cut off all contact with a long-time friend by no longer accepting or responding to her friend’s phone calls or any other lines of communication.
  8. “Outlander’s”Jamie Frazer is called Red Jamie because of his red hair.
  9. Do politicians running for office make seemingly modest, self-critical or casual statements or references that are meant to draw attention to their admirable or impressive qualities or achievements?
  10. After finding a new recipe, I will take the magazine article with me to the grocery which contains a series of items presented as a list.
  11. One friend I know will subtly and often make a comment, unintentionally, expressing a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group.
  12. I don’t like to think about the community of microorganisms that live in or on my body.
  13. Young Adult stories in film are popular and tend to focus primarily on the intimate lives of the young characters with ample dialogue and minimal action.
  14. Does your workplace announce some websites, email attachments, etc. are not suitable for viewing?
  15. Have you ever moved into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank?
  16. Detectives are now able to find the guilty from signals sent from one computer to another across a network for usually diagnostic purposes.
  17. It’s a real problem when people are not able to recognize faces of people they know.
  18. Who didn’t love Dr. Seuss’ books?
  19. We parents have seen those sidelong glances expressing scorn, suspicion, disapproval or veiled curiosity from our children.
  20. I know I am an utter disaster or mess and source of trouble.
  21. Think our large news organizations are a part of a powerful conspiracy concealing important subjects or events?
  22. I tend to use the back of my SUV a lot.
  23. What would you call something outlandishly mystical, supernatural or unscientific?
  24. And then how would you surprisingly express it?

Above are sentences describing 25 out of the 1,000 new words added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2017. As you might expect, the latest batch features plenty of internet-bred slang terms. Even if you’ve never heard of the words, I bet you’ve acted on them. Keeping up to date with this new jargon will freak our children and grand-children out. Let’s do!

  1. Airball (v.)
  2. Binge-watch (v.)
  3. Elderflower (n.)
  4. Face-palm (v.)
  5. Fast fashion (n.)
  6. First world problem (n.)
  7. Food insecure (adj.)
  8. Ghost (v.)
  9. Ginger
  10. Humblebrag (v.)
  11. Listicle (n.)
  12. Microaggression (n.)
  13. Microbiome (n.)
  14. Mumblecore (n.)
  15. NSFW (abbr.)
  16. Photobomb (v.)
  17. Ping (n.)
  18. Prosopagnosia (n.)
  19. Seussian (adj.)
  20. Side-eye (n.)
  21. Train wreck (n.)
  22. Truther (n.)
  23. Way back (n.)
  24. Woo-Woo (adj.)
  25. Yowza (interj.)

Lee St. John, a retired Coweta County high school English teacher, is the author of five humorous books and two audio books. She can be reached at lee@leestjohnauthor.com