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36 By the Way... The Recorder · October 8, 2015 ‘What an awesome column,’ she said Mims Cushing Columnist As of August 27, 2015, the word awesomesauce is now in the Oxford English Dictionary. Ladies and gentlemen, we have to do something about “AWESOME” and “awesomesauce.” Here are words I came across on the internet connected to awesome. There are plenty of others, but I will only tell you a few: “Awesomeatic, awesomematicular, awesomealicious, awesomezatasticalious. It’s not only kids who have taken to sprinkling this word upon the landscape. Grown-ups are guilty too. When did we stop using awesome to describe nature? The towering palm trees… the Atlantic ocean… the flowers of spring? If you look out your car windows much can justifiably be described as awesome. Totally. The word simply means “Excellent or extremely good.” Kids say, “Oh man. Your bikini is awesome.” “Awesome job pressure washing the driveway.” “Wow, Mom! These cupcakes are awesome.” Using the word awesome should be used because you are moved to tears—something that moving or beautiful. I have never been close to tears over a cupcake. A hot fudge sundae, perhaps, but not a cupcake. No doubt it drove our parents crazy to hear the words “Cool” or “Neat” or worse, “neatsy” or “neat-o” that we used all day long. I still catch myself saying “cool,” and it makes me mad. Depending on what part of the country you lived in, you may recall the two-word phrase from the ‘60s “Wowie Zorch.” It meant something was… awesome. What is the matter with “fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, impressive” and dozens of other great words? In point of fact the noun “awe,” is defined as Quilt Lady Continued from 35 and has chosen to always give away his creations to family, friends, and charitable organizations. For the past 3 years he has donated his quilts to the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville for their annual fund raising auction. In addition, he has donated 10 quilts to the McDonald House for use in their rooms. The St. George Fire and Rescue Fund of Tenants Harbor, Maine and the Port Clyde, Maine Baptist Church Annual fund have also received quilts.” wonder, solemnity, dread, fear, admiration, worship, adoration and more. The Urban Dictionary says, “Awesome is something Americans choose Mims Cushing to describe just By the Way... about everything.” I describe my weekend to my son and he responds, ”Sounds like you had an awesome weekend, Mom,” I don’t call a breakfast after church at Beach Diner, a movie, a meeting with Florida Writers or two walks at Bird Island with my dog a description of an awesome weekend. The Urban Dictionary adds that Americans use the all-encompassing word to hide their singularly poor vocabulary. I read somewhere it is one of the three words used by Americans regularly: “Ohmygod, awesome, and sh&*!” Getting back to the OED, Buttdial is another word recently added, which will get no explanation here. Hangry is defined as “Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger” It’s another newbie to the list, along with “Rando: A person one doesn’t know but is regarded as suspicious.” Never heard of “Wine o’clock and beer o’clock.” That’s the appropriate time of day to start drinking wine or beer. Well, you’ll be glad to know I am not going to leave you growling about this. I am here to offer solace. If you hear the word “awesome” one more time and are ready to perform harakiri, listen to the song, “My God is awesome. He can move mountains. Keep me in the valley. Hide me from the rain…” It’s a beautiful song, and you can find it on the internet. Yes, God qualifies as awesome. Jacque states, “CCPVB is a perfect fit for my first quilt exhibit on the first coast’ it’s in the community where we live, possess a first class art facility, and most important, the proceeds to support their CCPVB outreach programs.” The public is invited to the preview opening, Oct. 9 at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Raffle tickets will be on sale starting Sept. 14 through Dec. 12 at http://ccpvb.org/ exhibitions/quilt-exhibition. Tickets are one for $25 or $5 for $100 and can be purchased online, by phone or in CCPVB front office. The Cultural Center is located at 50 Executive Way. Call (904) 280-0614 for more. THEME: WORLD SERIES ACROSS 1. *Where bats are stored, pl. 6. Sheep sound 9. Biblical captain 13. *Player’s rep 14. Opposite of nothing 15. Slow on the uptake 16. Rock bottom 17. *____ out a triple 18. Twig of willow tree 19. Pharmacy order 21. *Game that de- termines home-field advantage 23. Make bigger 24. Team homophone 25. Federal Communications Commission 28. Per person 30. Bank account transactions 35. Bread quantity 37. “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” band The ____ 39. Specialty 40. 4,840 square yards SUDOKU 41. Edward Teller’s baby 43. Capital on the Dnieper 44. Dandruff manufacturer 46. Ship canvas 47. Additional 48. *H in DH 50. Kind of math 52. Hankering 53. Like a busybody 55. Voluntary fee 57. *Home of 1993 champion Blue Jays 61. Popular flowering shrub 64. Opera house exclamation 65. Not lean 67. Narcotics lawman 69. Of the Orient 70. However, poetically 71. *Ty Cobb or Al Kaline 72. Sushi wrapped in nori 73. Small dog’s bark 74. Mercantile establishment DOWN 1. Campaigned 2. Petri dish gel 3. Surrender 4. Mack the _____ 5. *Reason for World Series cancellation 6. *Opposite of strike 7. Sierra Nevada, e.g. 8. Pool problem 9. Nessie’s loch 10. “I’m ____ ____!” 11. Away from port 12. *All-Star 2nd baseman, ‘85 Cardinals champs 15. Neolithic tomb 20. “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host 22. ____ Zeppelin 24. Like Kathleen Turner’s voice 25. *HOFer Frankie Frisch, “The Fordham ____” 26. Spherical bacteria 27. Jeweler’s unit 29. *Last World Series win was 1908 31. Two-wheeler 32. In a cold manner 33. Not those 34. *Best-of-____ 36. Matted wool 38. Chieftain in Arabia 42. The ____, against Britain 45. Type of flag 49. Break down 51. *2014 World Series champs 54. Sentimental one 56. Braid 57. Kind of ski lift 58. Guesstimate phrase 59. Iron horse track 60. West Wing’s Office 61. At the summit 62. Therefore or consequently 63. Maple, to a botanist 66. Bingo! 68. Miner’s bounty