Top Ten Words

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary folks have declared the top ten words for 2014.

  1. Culture

  2. Nostalgia

  3. Insidious

  4. Legacy

  5. Feminism

  6. Je ne sais quoi

  7. Innovation

  8. Surreptitious

  9. Autonomy

  10. Morbidity

(http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/2014-word-of-the-year/autonomy.html)

Bookpages animatedNine English buzzwords, all nouns, were heard in speeches, read in newspapers, and viewed online. They rang true to the topic most of the time. The single French word (#6) was from a paid fast food commercial that murdered the meaning.

If I had been consulted by the Merriam-Webster word-of-the -year team, my appraisal of this mismatched list would have been jejune, a French word translated to simplified English as “not interesting; boring.”

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jejune

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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

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