Sunday, February 22, 2009


Okay, so sometimes i get dictionary happy. I LOVE to look words up and find out EXACTLY what they mean. By whose standards?! I know not. But the standards are someone's standards and generally America accepts them to be the standards. I am an American too, so i also accept those standards.

I like to look up words to gain a better understanding of my role in this world, and also to expand my vocabulary. The mere existence of dictionaries is why i don't really like the habit of consistent swearing. I submit we all get a little more creative! (Like in Princess Diaries "Shut UP!" "I beg your pardon!" "Oh no, ma'am, it means any number of things! -Oh my! -Gee Whiz! - Golly Wolly!") There are so many words to use. I want to be able to use them all.

But often times i like to look up words that apply to me in my situations of life. My responsibilities at work, for instance, require me to "teach" and to "assist." So I looked those ones up. When I have to write papers or give talks in church i like to look up the words i'm concentrating on. It often helps me focus and see those words in a different light.

Reflecting back on the work comment, however - please note that I work for the Office of Information Technology, as of this past fall. Yes. Technology. Today I voluntarily sat down to learn about things called "WAMP," "PHP," and "MySQL." We talked of open source programs, operating systems, processors, codes, and other strange computer jargon, and i became awfully excited when i figured out how to do all the neat-o things on a mac using "MAMP" and downloading programs off "drupal." I figured out what to do when my Apache server was connecting but not my MySQL server (and for those of you who were wondering i just had to go into my system and change the location of where the PHP looks for the socket file. Duh! :)
It's unbelievably gratifying to do all this and quite frankly, it got me rather excited to pursue more of these great tricks.

But - fearing the inevitable, and realizing what i've become - I looked it all up in the dictionary.

1. a person who is filled with enthusiasm for some principle, pursuit, ect.; a person of ardent zeal
2. a religious visionary or fantatic

1. Also called processor. an electronic device designed to accept data, perform prescribed mathematical and logical operations at high speed, and display the results of these operations.
2. A person who computes; computist.

slang. -noun
1. a peculiar or otherwise dislikable perosn, esp. one who is perceived to be overly intellectual
2. a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
3. a carnival performer who perfroms sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken


Yeah. Okay. I'll wear the title proud.

1 comment:

  1. As long as you promise not to join the circus and begin performing particularly morbid acts, such as biting the head off chickens. Leave that to Ozzy.