Gloria Ferris

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Archive for December 2nd, 2006

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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Today the holiday season officially started in the Ferris household.  We attended our friend’s Holiday Open House.  She holds it the first Saturday of December each year, and I use it as my offical start to the Christmas season.  She or her roommate graciously greet each guest and are sure to introduce them to people as they walk through their home with the new arrivals. It just really feels me with the Christmas Spirit to see such joy and goodwill on the faces and in the actions of these two wonderful people.

Besides, the incredible food her friends and she provide she usually serves up a very unique punch as well as great coffee. But, the piece de resistance  is her list of words.  She is a citation reader for John Wylie and Son who own Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  Each year since 1991 and maybe as early as 1989 she has compiled a list of her favorite words.  Over the years, she has had slang, foreign ,and new words that have been added to the English language on her list.  This year the word that caught people’s eye was “politocracy”. It actually made the list a few years ago, but many people had the hope that we had not replaced one “politicracy” with another.   Having talked to many of our newly elected officials, I am fairly certain we haven’t, but as I have said before, it is our obligation as citizens to make sure that it doesn’t become one.  This year’s list was rather short and had more foreign words than usual. Is this an indication that we are becoming a more global community?  Is the world truly becoming flatter? And, for the life of me I can’t remember one word.  It must have been that last glass of “unique” punch.

So, I know that Timothy Ferris will be so excited tomorrow when I want to decorate for the holidays.  He will have a huge list of other things that we should be doing, but he can do that, and I will mull over how to make the house look festive. After all, life is all about compromise.

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December 2nd, 2006 at 9:41 pm