Since we’re all busy preparing for Christmas, I thought you might enjoy a brief respite.
Here is a fun link that is also useful to writers. What year was the word you want to use officially born, as in, first used in print? What words were born during your birth year? Have fun exploring!
Time Traveler by Merriam-Webster: Words from 2021
I love Christmas hymns. My favorites are too numerous to list here. My best-loved secular Christmas carol is “Carol of the Bells.”
(1489) Carol of the Bells (Original) Lyrics – YouTube
Did you know this tune was taken from a Ukrainian song? Check out this link:
(1489) Shchedryk / Щедрик. Carol of the Bells. Original Ukrainian Version with English and Ukrainian Lyrics – YouTube
I hope you enjoyed this little break from the hard work of writing. May you experience the peace of the season as we await the birth of Christ.
Carol Of The Bells is my favourite, too!
If I may, here’s the YouTube link to a video which addresses the eternal question, where does the comma go in God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. It’s a hoot.
Christmas is a-coming,
it’s bearing down on us;
there ain’t no point in running
from the approaching bus
that will sweep us from our feet
with calls to cook and decorate,
and then at the front door greet
the relatives we really hate,
but have to invite anyway,
for they are our family
whose interminable stay
reminds of an eternity
that we’ve seen before, but where?
Ah, yes, ’twas in a dentist’s chair.
Tamela Hancock Murray
Andrew, thanks for the hilarious verses, as well as the fun link! I enjoyed the break you provided me. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas back at you, Tamela.
We’ll never meet in this life, but if I may, I consider you a very dear friend.
That’s fascinating. Who knew so many words came into existence the same year I did, especially ones that have great meaning to me? Thanks Tamela.
Favourite word? Tamela, forgive me, but I can’t resist.
a sonnet here will be a trick,
sure to be atrocious,
but I want to make it clear
that I intend to try,
so please would you supply a beer
to this poor poet-guy?
I don’t know what that word means,
opinions on it differ;
I hear it sometimes in my dreams,
my writing heart doth shiver,
and I know not what is the deal,
nonsense, or a word that’s real?
The word ‘zilch’ came out in the year I was born. No wonder I like using that word. Ha!
I love the old hymns that take me back to my grandmother’s country church: warm memories and peaceful, understandable songs. Of course, I do like most contemporary pieces too.
Kristen Joy Wilks
What a great tool! Thank you, Tamela.
Wow, my birth year (’84) was really depressing. Lots of new disease & crime-related terms.
However, “search engine” became a thing way back then! So common now, but I wonder how many people had use for such a term back then…?