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The results are in …

You may remember that a week ago I said I was going to try an experiment with tagging to see if I could drive up blog views. You can see the original post and tag list here.

I got the top 20 search words/terms and inserted them into every post I did over the past week. Not exclusively, but I can guarantee I’d never used any of them before.

Well, I did the figures this morning and compared the previous weeks to last weeks. Thursday – Thursday.

40% increase! 🙂

So I did possibly prove my assumption correct. I won’t say definitely because there are too many factors at play.

I might just be writing really good blogs?

Getting more followers?

Taken more baths?

Who knows. Anyway, the experiment is now over. I shall only tag my blogs with relevant words pertaining to the subject matter.

And, of course, try to make them interesting and entertaining as much as possible.

Damn the figures! I don’t need to ‘cheat’ to be popular. 😀

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LOL, LMFAO, ROFL? – I’m AFK…

Before I start on this piece let me first say that it’s not intended as criticism of anyones use of the internet, mobile phones or in particular, Facebook. It’s merely commentary on what now seems like ingrained behaviour in this modern age.

Have you ever actually laughed your ass off? If usage of this phrase actually related to reality then I would buy shares in belt manufacturing companies.

Rolling on the floor laughing? Really? If everything posted on the internet were that funny surely no work would ever get done and the emergency rooms would be full of people suffering from injuries incurred by falling off chairs.

These acronyms can also cause huge confusion. My partner recently told me that FML (F**k My Life) puzzled her for weeks. FML? Flap My Lungs, Fierce Male Lion and Flaming Monkey Love were all considered as possibilites before a Facebook friend educated her.

Fortunately there is a resource available for the confounded. Check out http://www.internetslang.com/ for definitions, especially as new ones come into existence almost daily.

Because the internet is international; cultural and language differences also raise the bar when trying to communicate via electronic media. This is not wholly surprising though nor new. Even today the British and our “cousins” the Americans struggle to understand the different meanings of everyday words such as Punk, Fag and Trunk. Say the phrase “I’m dying for a fag” to a yank (sic) and they will look at you in a completely different light.

Age gaps can also be hard to cross when misunderstandings occur with the use of acronyms. Last year my partner was rushed into hospital with chest pains and kept in hospital for 48 hours. She updated her Facebook status from her bed via her smartphone and elicited the usual sympathetic comments from friends. Her aunt however commented LOL. WTF she thought? That’s not very nice! It later turned out that her aunt thought LOL stood for Lots Of Love…

On a final note, is everyone now religious? In these days of fanaticism, terroism and urgings of religious leaders to either obey a fatwa or love your brother the ubiquitous use of Oh My God seems to me a little strange and also a little pointless if you don’t actually have one.

Of course I’m not immune to use of acronyms. When we’re deluged with status updates, emails and texts there is a necessity to comment/reply as quickly as possible in order to acknowledge receipt or express our opinion.

On occasion I’m AFI… (All For It)

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I am a doughnut…

I started out on this piece with the aim of writing about things that people say by accident that lead to derision and ridicule but have found after doing some research that I am on occasion a sadly mis-informed person.

I always thought that the reason people are sometimes referred to as doughnuts/donuts could be directly attributed to the June 26, 1963, speech by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin after the erection of the Berlin Wall (no pun intended).

It turns out however that the phrase used “Ich bin ein Berliner” is actually grammatically correct in German for para-phrasing the latin civis romanus sum [“I am a Roman citizen”].

The comedic mis-understanding of “I am a doughnut” (a berliner is a german jelly or jam doughnut) was perpetrated by the western media reporting on the speech afterwards who are the ones that made the mistake interpreting what he said. For some great information on this read this Wiki posting – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin_ein_Berliner

After reading this I realised that more info was needed to educate myself. So why are people sometimes called “doughnuts”?

Turns out a different type of doughnut can be held responsible for the alliteration that someone who is referred to as a doughnut is therefore presumed to be a bit thick. That one is the ring doughnut so named because of its shape and the fact it has a hole in it. Ergo, if you’re a doughnut you’re like a person with a hole/s in their head! That one never occured to me!

Yet another meaning of being called a doughnut can be that because doughnuts are “doughy” a person can be called doughy or a doughnut because they are a push-over or easily influenced. Again, totally eluded me!

Of course, making mistakes when talking or being misunderstood even when right is a common occurence and I think vital for relieving tension, enriching conversation and even to prevent us taking ourselves too seriously.

At home I’m currently being laughed at for making the statement “I’m all confused since the afternoons started earlier” – I actually meant to say the mornings seemed to pass very quickly recently but it just didn’t come out right.

What a doughnut…