DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE DICTIONARY

I was going to write a post about loosing my “mojo” and for me that meant my motivation.

I have heard the word mojo bantered around about the place but this morning I thought I had better check that I was using a word that wasn’t inappropriate.

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Well guess what???Β It was.

I was a bit shocked to think that I had been using this word, without really realising what it meant.

Just type in “Meaning of Mojo” in the search engine and it will come up with enough meanings to put you off, well it did me.

Then this got me thinking of how innocently we use words and phrases that we hear without really thinking about it.

We become accustomed to what the world says that we hear these easy to use terms and they start to roll off our own tongues. They sound so trendy.

So instead of just using some catchy phrases to attract you all to my blog posts I am definitely going to check them out first.

I definitely don’t want you to think that I have lost my magic charm or sex appeal (mojo).

Blessings

 

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30 thoughts on “DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE DICTIONARY”

  1. Yeah, mojo has a couple of definitions that most folks don’t seem to know. One is use as a voodoo charm. The other (that I knew better than the “slang” one) is a green chili sauce. A mojito is a “little mojo” that is a green alcoholic drink in Cuba and other Latin American countries.

    You’re right, we need to know the real definitions of our words. There’s a trend right now that drives me crazy–teeny boppers using “bae” and “cray cray” and junk like that. Really????? Bae is a dutch word for poop. How endearing is that to have someone say “honey you’re my poop”? And cray cray–supposed to be “crazy”…why not just say the word? It seems our language is getting more dumbed down daily, and folks don’t stop to use a dictionary anymore.

    Just the other day hubby had pulled up the Webster’s 1810 dictionary to look up a word. Our newer ones didn’t have the word in it, it’d been deemed archaic. Not sure how it’s like where you are, but here the English language is going downhill faster than a snowball in summer. There’s so much slang use, with little proper knowledge of the right use of words, even in our schools. It drives this former English major insane reading some of the things our kids have for work!

    And let’s not even get to handwriting. People are not using it anymore, instead just typing on Ipads and computers to do everything. It’s not taught in school anymore in some districts because the administration says “oh handwriting will be obsolete in 5 years”. At that rate it will be and the child won’t be able to write a name let alone a job application. They also won’t be able to read the founding documents for our country, or many other important documents through history. Hmmm.

    1. Oh you are so right Angie, it is so frustrating I agree. Another thing that annoys me is when we don’t write full words and people write in text language. They use “u”
      instead of you and “cu” instead of see you, this drives me bonkers. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by, I appreciate you taking the time in your busy schedule. Blessings to you and your family.

      1. Oh my, you’re a lot busier than I am, with homeschooling and the homesteading! I’m hoping in the next day or so to crank out some posts as the kids allow me to sit down and think. πŸ™‚

        I am guilty on using the u for you in a text message. I have a certain amount of letters I can use before I get charged for a second text, and I’m stingy, so I keep them very simple and straight to the point. I don’t combine other letters with it, as it may end up an accidental thing that isn’t so nice.

        On language, at times I wish we used more of the “archaic” words, that seem more flowing and flowery, more original to the Queen’s English,

        How are you all doing there?

        1. Hey there Angie, I don’t so much mind the use of these letters whilst using a phone, but it seems to be coming across into normal everyday writing, that really annoys me. I agree about the use of “archaic” words, they are much nicer than some that we use now.

          I think we are both busy :-). We are all good here, and winter is definitely here as yesterday was so cold and windy. I need to get outside soon and prune my roses but it is so nice and cozy inside.
          Blessings to you this week. xxxx

          1. it’s definitely late spring here–it got up to unofficially 99F (37.2) this week and humid, and that means swimming time! πŸ˜€ We’re already sporting our farmer’s tans, and wishing we could bottle up this warmth to have for the winter months ahead. We were blessed, our AC unit went out, just needs more freon, and since it is part of the house we rent, the landlord purchased a new one, as it is also our heating for the downstairs, and put it in within 24 hours of notification. Most years our air conditioning breaks down during the hottest months and the warranty work takes up to 30 days to do. So Praise God! πŸ˜€ It’s been nice having the windows open and fans going most days as it’s been mostly tolerable until the humidity kicked up into high gear.

            Did you get the raggy quilts done? It sounds like it’s perfect weather for hand quilting too–makes for a nice warm cozy project that keeps you warm while making it and warm afterward. πŸ˜€ I’m working hard to get my hexagon quilt done so I can get it all hand quilted through the winter and use that warmth. The living room gets so cold as it’s far away from the main heat source, so it feels great underneath quilts and afghans in progress. πŸ™‚

            On your aquaponics, something my father in law does, without a system like yours, is use his porch that’s enclosed and use it as a hot house like yours. He pots up seeds of tomatoes and peppers and whatever else he wants to try through winter months, and pollinates them by hand, and gets fruits in January or February. The banana tree you have may well be a cold hardy one, like is found here. It doesn’t produce fruit but has the fronds of the banana tree that looks pretty. Papa talks about how he grew bananas back in Cuba and took them to market to sell, and how big the hands were, like they’d have to be put on the back of the mule to pack them to town. The family down in Miami area, they grow papayas and mango and large avacado and pawpaws and so on, as it doesn’t freeze there. We are jealous!! But they can’t raise the things we do that have to have a good hard freeze, so It works out.

          2. Hey there Angie, 37.2 is quite warm, actually we would call that hot. Where we are we don’t really get the humidity but I grew up in Qld and it was always hot and humid there. I am glad that you were able to get a new air conditioning unit, summer can be a tough season if you can’t get cool.
            We haven’t finished the quilts yet, but I am hoping that when we get together in a fortnight that we can complete them, they are looking really good. Your hexagon quilt sounds amazing and such a big job. What a good idea to use it for warmth while you are quilting it in the winter.
            Your father-in-law sounds amazing with what he can do with vegetables. Our bananas are meant to give us fruit, but it will be interesting to see how they go. They say we can grow avocados here but they take a lot of work to keep them protected. I grew up with a mango tree, but it didn’t fruit until I had married and left home :-(, but my mum was able to enjoy heaps and heaps of them and yes I was jealous too.
            So glad to hear from you, have a great week. Blessings

  2. I’m sorry but this made me giggle.

    Still, you are so right. We should be careful about the words that we use. I used to have a rule for my oldest daughter that she couldn’t say a word unless she could tell me what it meant. I think it came after she used a bad word one time and it caught me so off guard that all I did was ask her if she even knew what that meant.

    I think I need to get back to that rule with all these stupid words I am hearing now—like one commenter said “bae”, cray-cray” “on fleek”…..I mean, really??? They just sound so dumb!!!!

    Thanks for the laugh and for getting me thinking this morning. Have a great week!

  3. I have used the word mojo before, and now I won’t use it anymore! I am glad you thought to look it up, and has me thinking too about words that are commonly used as slang, and what their original meaning was. We all know one word that was used for years to mean someone who was happy, and now that word has been stolen to mean something very vulgar “ga_”. I agree that we should be careful with how we speak, even as how we take care to dress and live properly. Great post, food for thought!

    1. Thank you MM for stopping by and commenting. We spent most of yesterday stopping ourselves and asking what does “that”word mean?? There are so many that we use without thinking, and you are right, sometimes a word that was used for good originally can be changed. Thanks and blessings

  4. Oh, my word! I am so glad you told me what this means. I don’t know if I have ever personally used it or not, but I surely won’t now! LOL!! πŸ™‚ Jesus said we would give an account of every idle word…dear Lord, help us. I pray every day for Him to set a guard at the gate of my lips. I am so thankful He knows our hearts and intentions and that He justly weighs our actions. He knows when we do things that we don’t even realize are displeasing to Him. Thank you again for sharing this and this gentle admonition to be more careful with our words! πŸ™‚

  5. This is very interesting. How we carelessly use words wihtout finding their meanings. I am glad I read this today.
    I will be more intentional about my words.
    Many Blessings to you Terri.

  6. Smiling big over this one, and I loved the picture of the dictionary. My kids tease me because I have dictionaries stashed all over the house (like a addict, they say). Always enjoy reading your words.

    1. Thank you Michele for your encouraging comment and I am so glad that I made you smile. I think having heaps of dictionaries is probably one of the better addictions to have, if you have to have one :-). I must admit I used an on-line dictionary but we do have them, and sometimes I really need the magnifier to read them :-). Blessings

  7. I’ve enjoyed the comment discussion as much as the post. What a great reminder to measure and weigh our words, or it could be a recipe for something we never intended to cook up πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the heads up on mojo. I was clueless. But I will remember the admonition of this post.

    Happy Friday from FaithFilledFridays over at Missional Women.

    Embracing the Journey,

    Christi

  8. I so agree with your thought provoking post. I have started to type a certain (sort of slang) word and then thought – maybe I ought to check that out. I’ve been astounded to find somethings that the word isn’t at all what I thought it was and was really glad that I had checked it out !!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Visiting from Simple Moments.

    1. Thanks Rebecca for your comment, we use words so easily and we don’t often know the true meaning, something we should watch, I agree. I am so guilty of this. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend. Blessings

  9. As a self-confessed word nerd, I just loved this post. There is such opportunity within language, to speak precision, tone, convey so many things, but it also comes with great responsibility. Thank you for this, and thank God that I followed you at Lisha’s #GiveMeGrace link up.
    Peace and good to you in Jesus’ name.

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