Kennedy at Seminary

Monday, January 08, 2007


From Yahoo News:

'Plutoed' chosen as '06 Word of the Year

Sun Jan 7, 8:38 PM ET

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Pluto is finally getting some respect — not from astronomers, but from wordsmiths.

"Plutoed" was chosen 2006's Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society at its annual meeting Friday.

To "pluto" is "to demote or devalue someone or something," much like what happened to the former planet last year when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto didn't meet its definition of a planet.

"Our members believe the great emotional reaction of the public to the demotion of Pluto shows the importance of Pluto as a name," said society president Cleveland Evans. "We may no longer believe in the Roman god Pluto, but we still have a sense of personal connection with the former planet."

"Plutoed" won in a runoff against "climate canary," defined as "an organism or species whose poor health or declining numbers hint at a larger environmental catastrophe on the horizon."

Other words considered: murse (man's purse), flog (a fake blog that promotes products) and macaca (an American citizen treated as an alien).

In other news, Tony Romo has been plutoed.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Back from break

I got to spend a few days at home for Christmas break. Then, back to Kingwood to preach at all three services Sunday morning. Then, back home for a few days around New Year's. It was a mostly restful time. Now, back to work.

As I'm writing this, I opened my e-mail to see if I had any fun e-mails I could post. I have a yahoo account. On the yahoo home page, I saw this headline:

Married to their jobs
Why do men obsess about work, often at the expense of their personal relationships?

I glanced at the article. It mentioned that work is like a stadium filled to capacity. People are watching. It's your big chance to perform. Relationships don't have the audience. Maybe that's the lure of work. Maybe that's why I'm in the office today on my day off, Friday.

I need to go. After I take care of some phone calls and e-mails.