Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Obsessed With The Hodgepodge

Happy new year Hodgepodgers and welcome to the first link up of 2024! If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. Every January 1st since 1976 Lake Superior University has published a list of words they'd like to see banished from the Queen's English. Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse or just general uselessness (go here to read more about how the words were chosen). Here are the words/phrases they'd like to see banished in 2024-

hack, impact, at the end of the day, rizz, slay, iconic, cringe worthy, obsessed, side hustle, wait for it

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Are any of these a regular part of your speech? Is there a word not on the list that you'd like to add? 

I've asked this question several years in a row now, and most years I haven't heard of more than half on the list. This year's list feels a bit more familiar, although I've still never heard anyone utter the word rizz. If I have to choose one from the list to banish I guess I'll go with side hustle. I'm not opposed to people having a 'side hustle' but for some reason the phrase itself grates. 

Perhaps if so much of what goes on in the world today weren't legitimately 'cringe worthy' we could quit saying it. 

I don't know that I use any of these words/phrases very often, but I think obsessed is probably sprinkled into my speech here and there. 

2. What do you wish you'd done more of last year? Less of? 

more of-writing

less of-overthinking 

3. A place you'd like to visit in this new year? Do you think you will? 

England. Do I think we will? Absolutely. 

4.What are three words to sum up or describe your 2023? 

busy, joyful, 'grand' 

5. What advice would you like to give yourself as we begin a new year? 

"...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Nine years ago today my first born baby girl married her sweetheart...

...what a lovely life they've made.  

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  1. I use the word 'obsessed' more than I should. Happy Anniversary to Shannon!!

  2. Happy anniversary to them! That gives me a little hope. Seems like A LOT of young people are not wanting to date and/or get married so I worry for my kids. My oldest says he doesn't want to even deal with dating. Sigh. Hopefully he'll change his mind!

  3. Happy anniversary to them! That's a lovely photo.

    Loved your comment about "cringe worthy." You're so right!

  4. I LOVE your advice for the New Year! And that wedding photo - Happy Anniversary to them!

  5. Happy Anniversary to your daughter and her husband. I can hardly believe it's been 9 years. A trip to great for you guys. I'll be looking forward to hearing all about it and tons of pictures.

  6. I think you do pretty well on writing blog posts. I would love to go to England again but I don't see it happening. Enjoy! I'm glad your 2023 was good to you. That is a lovely quote. Happy Anniversary to the lovely couple. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  7. Happy New Year Joyce, 9 years already, goodness me!! Happy Anniversary to your daughter and her husband.
    I will be so excited for you to blog your trip to England, it will be like going along (in a way) Hee Hee. ;-)

  8. Happy New Year!! I love that Bible verse - good choice!

  9. Hi there I can agree with doing away with some words such as hack, side hustle and wait for it these annoy me I don't know why they just do. I am sure there are other words but nothing come to mind.

    I wish I went out more and not let things bother me, easier said then done.

    I can't think of a damn thing I would like to do or a place I would like to visit but it doesn't matter, as I go nowhere anyway.

    Up an down

    Take it slow and not let things get to me

    Life is a book, a wonderful book, made special through the years with each chapter engraved on one's heart with some joy each day.

  10. Happy anniversary to your daughter and hubby. Where does the time go? I've not heard anyone use the word rizz but I'm sure it would grate if I did.

  11. I'd love for the word epic to go away! Less worrying and more living in the moment would be grand but I don't do so well with either of those. Happy anniversary to your daughter and son in law!

  12. Yes to 3, 4 and 5! Love the way you will be going to and being in England...with your loved ones there! Happy Anniversary to your firstborn and her guy! Happy 2024 to you and yours!

  13. Happy anniversary to your sweet girl and her sweetheart!! Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce!!

  14. How was that 9 years ago! I guess I've been reading your blog a while!
    That's a verse I repeat often for Titus (and myself).Happy New Year!

  15. Gosh. I've done terrible commenting. I need to get better at this in 2024. Oh boy, I hear ya on the over thinking. England...that's exciting. I think I forgot to say on mine that I'll be visiting Hawaii in February. Looking forward to 2024 and happy anniversary to your daughter.