See, I am actually working all week.
Two new words…
I am an inveterate neologist…
Here are two…
Not sure if I invented this one or am recycling.
administrivia– trivial tasks associated with coordinating or administrating work; also, can be obscure regulations or rules of administrative bureaucracies.
The administrivia soaked up an hour of time.
procrastiduction/procrastivity/procastiduce: When you avoid doing the most important work (writing) by doing other work (emails to students, grading, upgrading CV).
Yes, well, I did not finish my book. But I wasn’t surfing facebook, I was procrastiducing.
Filed under words, writing
New word. To anthropomorphize those nagging feelings that won’t go away or stop chattering.
Naggers: the little nags that keep distracting you from work.
I corralled the naggers into a list so they would leave me alone.
Put this on FB this morning.
Heard news peeps, based on recent census, describing how the US will become a “majority-minority” nation by 2020 or so. Can we kill that phrase now? If no single group is more than 50%, it is called pluralism folks. Or, multiculturalism. Or anything but majority-minority.
Among various problems. it perpetuates some idea that white majority is the natural or desired state of the USA. Look, when the “white” population falls below 50% it is just not the majority. OK? Deal with it. The term sounds like whities get together at my house on Wednesday while the blacks, browns, yellows, reds, and all other hues get together at Denzel Washington’s. It is just not that bipolar anymore. I’m not saying some sort of utopia of “i’d like to sing the world a song” will happen, just that identity, justice, controversy, politics, love and marriage, and schooling will be full of problems and promises in new ways.
So I like to make little contributions to language. I think it comes from a punning family and then marrying into even more of one. Or maybe it is a function of the mild learning disability. Words and phrases always look a little off. I tend to break them down into their components and then think of alternate meanings.
A very off color example. Virginia is discussing a blog that tracks authors’ submissions to agents. It is called a “query tracker.” I quipped: “Is that a way to monitor short gay people?”
Anyway, in my writing group someone was complaining about multi-tasking and hos distracting it is. Amen! I rpelied that she should “unitask.” A quick google search reveals it is a company. It is also a term the productivity crowd picked up on. “7 Unitasking Tips.” Rats. I was hoping to coin it.
The only silver lining is that I meant it as half serious-half snarky.
Unitasking: To achieve multi-tasking’s promise, and to live in the mental space of multi-tasking, by pursuing many tasks one at a time. Anyone can do things sequentially and methodically. Only a recovering multi-tasker can frantically maintain a zen-like state of self-induced stress while unitasking. The key is to think of ten things you should be doing at once, and then proceed to do them one at a time.