Something New: Day 9

As any of you who follow me closely will note, I missed Day 8, mostly because it was Monday and I couldn’t think of anything new. Actually, I did think of something new that I’ll use on another day, I just couldn’t motivate myself to do it.

I did, however, make a post on (one of) my other blogs,, titled “Yuri Kochiyama: Sachi’s Mentor.” That counts for something, doesn’t it?

Day 9’s “New” thing for the day: I believe today was the first time I used the word “aphorism.”



noun —a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation.

It’s funny that I don’t recall ever hearing that word before, and now, in the last few days, I’ve heard it several times. Today, in fact, I actually used it for the first time, when I told my friend, Ruth, that I love her aphorisms.

Now, admittedly, I’m not all together sure I’m using the word correctly, so if not, please feel free to correct me. Still, I love the way the word rolls off my tongue.

Here are a few of Ruth’s:

Tans my hide
Trips my trigger
Frosts my cookies
Chaps my chipper

Are those aphorisms?

blog-smileWhatever they’re called, every time I hear them they make me laugh, which definitely earns a ‘”thumbs up!”




I was pretty sure I was not correctly using “aphorism” and have since learned that Ruth’s phrases are colloquialisms. That’s okay. I like the sound of colloquialism even better than aphorism. And, it’s more challenging to spell, too. 🙂


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9 Responses to Something New: Day 9

  1. Ruthie says:

    I learned a new word today, aphorism. Had no idea “trip my trigger” was one! See, your blogs not only entertain but educate as well.


  2. Jan, I’m not sure those are aphorisms (see examples here:, but they’re cute phrases. I’m pretty sure, though, that you didn’t mean, “first time I sued the word”. Perhaps “saw?” 🙂 Anyway, as you say, it’s a good word.



  3. Steve says:

    What in the world would it mean have you chipper chapped?


  4. Mustang.Koji says:

    LOL, Jan! I have never heard that word before… If I had and didn’t see the spelling, I’d think it was about “affording” something. 🙂 Got some catching up to do…


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