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Lake Superior State University just released its list of banished words for 2012 and though I’ve been guilty of using some of them, others have never crossed my lips. Indeed, I’d never heard of a few of them and had to track down the actual list to read the definition.

So what are the banished words that we should no longer use?

1. baby bump

2. ginormous

3. man cave

4. amazing

5. occupy

6. the new normal

7. blowback

8. thank you in advance

9. shared sacrifice

10. win the future

11. pet parent

12. trickeration

With the year 2011 drawing to a close, I’m taking this opportunity to use the 12 words/phrases (plus one I think should’ve made the list–baby daddy–yuck!) for the last time and then–hopefully–they’ll be banished from my mind!

“Thank you in advance” for showing me your “ginormous” “baby bump,” even if it is a feat of “amazing” “trickeration,” as you and your “baby daddy” (my own addition!) “occupy” his “man cave” and look forward to the “shared sacrifice” of being “pet parents” who I’m sure will take the “blowback” in stride and “win the future.”

Whew! Glad that’s done. Now back to dreaming over the two seed catalogues I received in today’s mail. Spring is just around the corner, you know! Happy New Year everybody!

It’s snowing here again and though I’ll admit it’s pretty, I just want it to stop.  Don’t get me wrong, I love snow but I’ve had enough.  It is not supposed to snow this much in the South!  I wouldn’t mind if I still lived in Maine–at least I think I wouldn’t!–but down here in the South I don’t like seeing all this white stuff fall from the sky.  Not only does it create problems driving, but it seriously creates problems at home.  Hardwood floors, dogs, and snow are not a pretty mix!

So please, someone make it stop!

And while we’re talking about stopping, I saw an article on-line this morning about a remake–gah!  I hate that word!–of The Big Valley.  Sheesh.  To make matters worse, the article also mentioned they’re working on a remake–there’s that awful word again!–of Gunsmoke.  What?  Are all the writers/directors/producers in Hollywood against making movies with original ideas?  Have they all embraced some new religion that practices redundancy while it spurns originality?

Is it any wonder I don’t go to the movies anymore?  Apparently, there’s nothing new under the sun in Hollywood.  It’s all been done before, and done better, I might add, and I have no interest in seeing the movie stars of today butcher the roles of the great actors of the past.

Okay, now that I got that out of my system, here’s something I don’t want to stop–today is Spring Training Truck Day at Fenway!  Yay!  You know what that means, don’t you?  Yep, the trucks are on their way to Ft. Myers, Florida and baseball season is just around the corner.

Now there’s something to look forward to!

Another thing I don’t want to stop is the progress I’m making on my latest WIP.  I just hit 35,000 words which means I should be at 40,000 when I finish the first half of the book.  Just where I hoped.  Yippee! 

Okay, back to work…