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One of the marvelous things about language is that it’s always changing. Merriam-Webster adds words every year, and even goes so far as to name a “word of the year.”

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Author’s note: This is a continuation of last week’s column, a response to a piece based on ‘Uncool things Baby Boomers think are still cool.’

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When I first saw the title of the piece, I sort of chuckled and passed by without reading it. But that title stuck with me, and I had to go back to it.

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The day was winding down, and I was ready to call it quits. I’d washed dishes after my bagel and coffee breakfast. Later, I whipped up some potato salad and washed the dishes from that project. I ate some of my tasty creation with my cheeseburger lunch.

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Author’s note: The topic of today’s column is words. Over the years, it’s been touched upon more than once in ‘Much Ado.’ It’s my biggest pet peeve, my constant gripe. Abuse of the English language makes me grit my teeth and want to lash out with unkind remarks such as: ‘Did you EVER go to s…

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Talk of income tax roller-coastered around until it got to deductions for charitable contributions.

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Internet photos of people burning Carhartt clothing caught my eye a little while back, and I was confused. I thought Carhartt duds were the epitome of high fashion among hunters and cold-weather workers, and those who desire to dress like hunters and cold-weather workers.

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Monday would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday, had she not passed away on the last day of 2021. It seems that lots of people enjoyed Betty’s talent as an entertainer and appreciated her down-to-earth personality.

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Ever since the feline joined the family, we’ve had to adjust our Christmas decorating.

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NOTE: This is a very old rerun, having appeared in The News-Chronicle a few decades ago, before online shopping. But the subject is a familiar one, with last week’s column touching on this year’s incarnation of the same topic.

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Don’t know if it’s the holiday season, the extended hours of darkness or a combination, but my thoughts are being clouded by a few things I can’t understand. Or maybe I don’t want to understand.

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If you’ve been conscious for the past few years, you’ve noticed that one of the more popular home décor trends has been signs.

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As summer dragged on with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and humidity as high as a day in July, I was not happy. When the electricity bill arrived each month of summer and it was way higher than I wanted it to be, I was not happy. I was tired of air conditioners running nonstop and running …

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(Note: This column is a rerun, having been published in October of 2019. It’s that time of year again when the subject of ‘spookiness’ often creeps into my thoughts. This column sums up those thoughts.)

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If you’re old enough to remember the early 1970s, you probably can recall a TV commercial for Coca-Cola featuring a catchy song that included this line: “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.”

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Very recently a friend of mine coerced me into joining some Facebook group about Pennsylvania Dutch food and such. The coercion came in this form, via FB: “Your friend, Penelope, invited you to join this group.”

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Either the unwelcome flying visitor found its way back out of the house or it’s hiding somewhere because Willow and I haven’t seen it. At least she hasn’t mentioned it to me.

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The youngster had been planning his vacation for months, but then suddenly we were just a week away. I had some concerns, as did he.

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The plan was solidified: I’d go to my “usual” store, choose a suitable couch, arrange for delivery, then arrange to have the old couch removed, along with a couple of other superfluous items that should have been taken to the landfill years ago, prior to delivery of the new couch. I’d worry …

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While obsessing over the purchase of a new piece of furniture, I barely had enough brain cells left to think of anything else.

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Heat wave. High humidity. Record high temperatures in the Northwest.

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It only makes sense that when one household item goes bad, others will follow.

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At some point along our life’s journey, we learn that not all relationships were meant to last forever.

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There’s a tiny strawberry patch in our yard and this year’s crop, although not yet ready for harvest, appears to be a record-setter. Last year’s yield topped out at about five berries, so a pint this year would be a vast improvement. My agricultural experience (mostly lack thereof) tells me …

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Most of the time, it seems that questions on Facebook are meant to remind the reader of his/her advancing age. There’ll be a photo of a 1950s era sliding board with the query, “Who remembers how hot these got in summer?” or “Who survived riding in the back of a pickup truck?”

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Am I the only human who has felt mired down in a state of blah for the past year? It hasn’t been like being stuck in quicksand exactly. Not a matter of life and death. Just stuck in place and can’t seem to get out. OK. It’s been mental/emotional quicksand.

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Reportedly, we’re “seeing light at the end of the tunnel” when it comes to COVID, what with the “alleged” availability of vaccines and the fact that we’ve been hunkered down – to a degree – for more than a year.