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MMX – 2010

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New Year's Day is time of reflection and of planning. We look back on the previous year and evaluate, and we look ahead to the new year and prognosticate. 2009 has certainly been a year to remember, or one you wish you could forget, depending on your viewpoint. I don't know of a year in my life when I've seen more of the unforeseen. Dave Barry has a great article about 2009 in review.

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One way to see what was on people's minds in 2009 is to view what they looked up on search engines like Google or on online dictionaries. Based on online lookups, here is the Top Ten List of word definitions of the year 2009 at the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. The words in this list give some insights into the year's events.

1. admonish
2. emaciated
3. empathy
4. furlough
5. inaugurate
6. nugatory
7. pandemic
8. philanderer
9. repose
10. rogue

It's interesting that the word of the year was admonish. For some of the words, it's easy to see why they were searched, but for others, it's not so clear.

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2010 is the year of the census here in the USA. I wonder how invasive it will be this time. As I researched for this post, I found an interesting page online at infoplease.com with monthly calendars for 2010. Just about every American ethnic group has it's own month — Black History Month (January 1 — February 28 — I know it's only February, but with MLK on January 15, you'll soon see that the "month" has really already begun!), Women's History Month (March), Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May), Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 — October 15), and American Indian Heritage Month (November). However, conspicuously absent is a "White Anglo Males History month." I'm trying not to overly sensitive for my ethnic group's having been left out....

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Fortunately we don't know what will happen in 2010. Some of the scheduled events in 2010 include the January 4th completion of the Burj Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, already the tallest man-made structure ever built; the 2010 Winter Olympics from February 12—28 in Vancouver and Whistler Canada; the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai from May 1 — October 30; the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa from June 11 — July 11; the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Mexico (COP 16) from November 29 — December 10 (wonder if we'll have another blizzard or cold wave during this year's conference); GM's release of a production model of the Chevrolet Volt electric car sometime this year; the GOP's hopes/plans to win big in the November 2010 elections so that they can put us in debt more slowly; and the 5th anniversary of the marriage of Prince Charles to Camilla in April 9, 2005.

2005, the year of wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla, had some strangely interesting parallels with the 1981, the year of his wedding with Lady Diana.

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YEAR 1981
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes cricket tournament.
4. Pope almost died. (after an assassination attempt)

picture of Prince Charles and Camilla

YEAR 2005
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes cricket tournament.
4. Pope died.

If Prince Charles ever decides to remarry once again, someone should warn the pope! Especially since the pope seems to be a target lately!

What are your thoughts as we leave 2009 to the historians and as we anticipate the year 2010?


"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C. S. Lewis

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6 Comments on “MMX – 2010”

  1. #1 Cindy C.
    on Jan 1st, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Great post once again. I rarely do Facebook apps, but did the “top ten words app” the other night, despite my hesitancy. The top word used in my posts was “Thankful”. I like that. There are actually a few words on that google list that puzzle me.

    For the record … C.S. Lewis was spot on!!

  2. #2 Ellen
    on Jan 1st, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    LOL, Mr. Loach on the “ethnic months” comment. So glad that you can handle the insensitivity shown towards your group. 🙂 Looking forward to another year of humor from the ivman in 2010.

  3. #3 Rob
    on Jan 1st, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    @Cindy – I never do Facebook apps. It’s everything I can do to keep up with what little I do on FB. Friends invite me to add apps, and I always graciously decline.

    @Ellen – Actually, I’m not sure what group I’m in — I’m part WASP and at least 1/4 French. Whatever I am, I’ve definitely been passed by.

  4. #4 Michael
    on Jan 4th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Dave Barry is the man. Prince Charles is not.

  5. #5 b.j.
    on Jan 4th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    About the top dictionary words, couldn’t help but notice they are alphabetical. So, do the top words happen to be alphabetical, or is it just this is the top ten list, with no preference for which is first, or tenth?

  6. #6 Rob
    on Jan 5th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    @Michael – Dave Barry can be pretty earthy, but many times he hits it out of the park and has me laughing out loud.

    @b.j. – I hadn’t noticed that they were alphabetical. Hmm…. it seems odd that it would have ended up that way by chance.