In all “Truthiness”… I am a Happy Noob! Woot!



Dear Reader:

After receiving that wonderful gift from Jo and Colby Wednesday about the 100th anniversary of Webster dictionary… with the reproduction of a page from Noah Webster’s very first dictionary…I decided to look up the latest words to be added to the dictionary.

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I discovered a marvelous website called: Mental_ Floss created by a personable-looking young man named Lucas Reilly. I love the way he thinks…very creative and funny. He had a list of 35 words that Oxford dictionary has accepted into its latest publication.

It is from this list that I came up with three new words in the title blog….like “truthiness” (which Stephen Colbert discovered and used over and over on his show.)

Truthiness” (n) means: the quality of seeming to be true…even if it is not.

Noob (n): A person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet. (Definitely me!)

Woot (ex): (Especially in electronic communication) Used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph

I am a happy “Noob” who manages to somehow stay afloat in the computer age (barely) and every time I learn something new or do something correctly on the computer or Iphone the first try out…I will start yelling “Woot!” from now on!

One of the grandchildren’s toys is still here (photo picture) and (in all “truthiness“) I can barely manage to work it…but I did manage to get the first line melody to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” played and then gave myself an oral “Woot” for my perseverance!

As Reilly observed…most of the words that made it into the Oxford dictionary were two words put together….like:

Screenager (n): A person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for computers and the Internet

Locavore (n): A person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food

Infomania (n): The compulsive desire to check or accumulate news and information, typically via mobile phone or computer.


Lucas Reilly produces a magazine I want to subscribe to (named Mental_Floss) which contains all kinds of new words, ideas, expressions…I feel that I will need this to be able to communicate with my grandchildren soon! It’s a whole new world out there I am learning.

His website also connects to some other great, creative websites and I loved this one on innovative Easter eggs. These creative “eggs” aren’t really eggs at all as you see in this link. Miss Cellania is really imaginative! These are too too cute!

9 Strange and Different Easter Treats | Mental Floss

If coming up with new words means simply putting two ideas/words together…as a grandmother I can come up with:

1) Eva Cate-avore    IMG_3416

2) Rutlege-avore  IMG_3634

IMG_34263) Jakie-avore

4) Lach-avore  IMG_2398

They all mean that I could just “eat them all up” every time I see them….(figuratively, of course!)

Speaking of…I am getting hungry for supper…so this will be a short blog for a fun Friday… especially since it is the beginning of spring break for the public schools… With teachers and students alike…  more than ready for it! Everyone have a safe, fun break and Happy Easter!

So until tomorrow…as Robert Frost once said:

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. 

 Thank you God for life and its continuance for all of us, our families,and loved ones.

Words come and go but if we follow the Word we never get lost.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

* Perhaps I should have named Lachlan….”Dimples-avore” as you can readily surmise from this adorable photo Mollie sent me yesterday.


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to In all “Truthiness”… I am a Happy Noob! Woot!

  1. Sis Kinney says:

    Happy Friday, Noob-y friend!! [woot, woot!]

    I LOVE hearing about new words – sometimes they’re really corny, and other times they really do make sense! My mother always used to say, of a person who had done something particularly nice, kind, or thoughtful, “How thoughty of [her, him, them].” I find myself using the same word every now and again. (Don’t we all become our mothers?)

    So have a “woot, woot” wonderful Friday, and know that you definitely are a person to whom a lot of us look up and say, “Woot, woot! In all thruthiness, that noob Becky Dingle is one thoughty person!” LOL!



  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Too Too funny! I love “thoughty”….will start using it immediately! And yes we are our mother’s daughters…see it more every day as words and expressions pop out of my mouth -especially around the grandchildren…that I didn’t even remember remembering. Life is strange…life is wonderful…we stay connected consciously and unconsciously!


  3. Jo Dufford says:

    I felt like a child who plays with the box and not the gift. I was drawn to that plaque because of your blog on imagination, but the deciding factor was definitely the history behind the words. Some things never change. I always love the way you take something and let your imagination lead you to such interesting places. Of course, words fascinate us, and this blog was so great. By the way, just in case you wondered, you aren’t the only one who thinks you have the most adorable four grands, because I think they are too.


  4. Becky Dingle says:

    Thank you for being a part of the mutual grands adoration club….some days I think readers must be moaning…”Not again” while more pictures of the grands arrive…but on this one topic…I make no apologies…they are my life and bring me such sustaining joy that it makes it easy to hop up and join the human race each day. They are as important to my being…as breathing. And as far as imagination goes…one has to understand it to see it…and you do my friend…you do!


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