Monday, January 31, 2011

Trees and Fiction

So this morning I wake up to find a note on my door from my neighbor. It seems some limbs broke off our very tall and old tree and landed in her driveway, just missing her car. Oops! The thing is that we cleared out this tree a lot last year. It's just that it's so tall. I'm not sure what we're going to do. Tree trimming really isn't in my budget right now.

I'd rather think about writing more of my fan fiction, which has been slightly on hold for a week or two as I work to pay off my Black Friday indulgences (that'll be the one and only time I'll ever do that ... well, maybe).

My fan fiction website is pretty basic. I try to keep it decently attractive, but I must admit that I'm not an expert. I think it takes both creativity and patience.

Okay, well now I'm off to get things done (I hope). Smiles, all!

Verbs and Proper Names

Isn't this a kick? When they came out with the new words and such at the beginning of the year, they also listed 5 words that were used incorrectly. One of these was 'google' as in "I googled it" and "Just google and you'll find what you need."

I have actually laughed at this all year because, yes, I use Google as a verb. I consider it to be like kleenex which was once just a brand name, or Band-Aid, or Q-Tips. These were all brand names that ended up becoming 'one' with the product itself.

In my opinion, the dictionary and word people need to get with the program. Google has expanded. It's a proper name for the business, but it's also a verb, as an action, as in "I google most every day."

Hope everyone is having a great day. The weather has cleared up. I ran a bunch of errands this morning and now am watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on DVD.
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