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Going Undetected

On June 11, 2013 By

The word of the day for June 8, 2013: UNDETECTED

I’ve always hated parties since I can remember. The endless anxiety: Will people come? Will I put my foot in my mouth? Will I become an unspoken pariah?

I do like being invited to parties, though—that part is great; the idea that I’m normal enough to pop on someone’s radar. And it allows me to be in control—now it’s a choice—and guess what? I’m choosing not to go. Weirder still, when the party is going on and I’m not there, I almost always struggle: Should I go? Do they notice I’m not there? There’s probably a name for this kind of crazy. Maybe I was there…oh sorry I missed you…not sure how you could have missed me…yeah I was there. No I wasn’t…but man, great party.

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Taboo or Not Taboo?

On May 14, 2013 By

The word of the day for May 13, 2013: TABOO

When I was in the fourth grade I walked a grueling half mile to profess my undying love to Stephanie Nelson. I picked some flowers along the way, which I hid behind my back as I rang the bell. Stephanie’s mother answered.

“Can I help you?”

“Is Stephanie home?”

“Yes, I’ll get her.”

A few moments later Stephanie Nelson was before me in all her glory. I handed her the flowers, stammering…

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All Over the Place

On December 27, 2012 By

The word of the day for December 21, 2012: SCATTER

When I think of the word “scatter” I think of…um…let’s see…uh…I forget. Let’s see what others have to say while I try and remember what it means to me.

scat­tered leaves skit­ter down
side­walks like march­ing
sol­diers invad­ing enemy yards
their toes scratch­ing the
cement are rem­i­nis­cent of claws
[Katie Sill]

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Shaken and Stirred

On December 17, 2012 By

The word of the day for December 15, 2012: STIR

The events of the past week have stirred emotions around the globe. There’s been enough stirring. It’s time to do something. I’m not saying take away the guns—that’s unconstitutional. However, I would offer that US citizens should be able to own guns, but only guns and weapons available at the time the Constitution was unanimously signed in 1790 (or earlier). If someone can smuggle a musket past airport security, waltz into an elementary school with a a howitzer cannon, or Catherine-Wheel unsuspecting theatergoers…

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Umbrellas and Stars

On December 9, 2012 By

The word of the day for December 6, 2012: ROOF

When I was maybe nine or ten, I thought it’d be fun to jump off the roof with an umbrella. And it was. Lucky for me and oneword.com I grew up in a scalene triangle-shaped house and decided to do a test run off its lowest point, around two and a half meters. Even though my entire body weighed the equivalent of my present-day big toe, the stretchers flew straight up halfway down…

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The word of the day for December 1, 2012: COOK

The origin of cooking is dubious, with theories spanning 10,000 to 2.5 million years. My guess is that someone—let’s call him “Grog”—was warming himself by the fire, gnawing on a fish he caught with his bare hands earlier that day. Thunder struck in the distance, startling him, causing him to launch his fish into the coals…

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“Like Old Ivy”

On December 1, 2012 By

The word of the day for November 28, 2012: PAST.

Technically, everything we experience is the past. By the time our sensory system translates a bunch of vibrating waves into images, taste, touch, sound, and scent, the event itself is over. It may be just a few milliseconds in the past, but in the past nonetheless.

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