Friday, March 22, 2013

New Words from RootsTech

Genea-jaunt. Okay, that's going to be one of my new favorite words. Like ever. I'm going to keep that word in my vocabulary FOREVER.

I have been watching RootsTech 2013 via the live stream, and so, of course, as of right now, I'm limited to the sessions that are being broadcast that way. Hopefully, I can dig through the other good stuff on the RootsTech website as it is made available.

Keep in mind, when I comment on the RootsTech sessions, they are the thoughts of a younger genealogist. By younger, I mean, still very little gray hair, except those few strands that can directly be traced in one form or another to my 5 children. I'm still in my 30s, and not yet my late 30s, I might add. I won't get more specific than that. Also, keep in mind, I did web programming for over 10 years so my grasp on technology and newer technology is better than many family history buffs.

I was watching the international panel of The Genealogist's Gadget Bag yesterday. Of course, Jill made the disclaimer up front that they weren't going to necessarily be showcasing the "high-tech" gadgets, just the ones they currently use the most for their genealogy purposes. However, even with that disclaimer, it kind of felt like an "I Love Apple" event being broadcast out of Cupertino. Except of course for the lone Samsung Galaxy cheerleader in the panel.

That said, while there wasn't anything particularly new or helpful for me, what I did learn in this particular session was a whole bunch of delicious new words I'm going to use whenever I can. We Americans think we have the market on the English language, and it's awesome when we are reminded that not everyone is used to our way of saying things. To be fair, the word genea-jaunt was used in a question to the panel, not an answer, but I totally love that one. And considering the very PR-friendly news right now about cruises (brings new meaning to the phrase poop deck, doesn't it?), genea-jaunt sounds much more fun (and less messy) than a genea-cruise. And honestly, until we have covered every square inch of the globe with Google Fiber, I'm not about to sign up and pay for a ride on a crowded boat with tiny cabins and absolutely no Internet. Our prisoners have better living conditions. Seriously. And probably better views. And food. But, I digress.

The next new word I'm going to put in my vocab-bag is boot. No, not the footwear, the trunk of a car. All of the international panelists kept calling it a boot, and it seriously did not get old to chuckle every time they said it. When someone here in America says car boot, I've always thought of the little mechanism they hook up to your car before towing it away because you didn't see the No Parking sign in front of the cemetery you stopped at to "dig" for names. Car boot. Try using that sometime in a conversation and see if people snicker. "I have to go get my umbrella out of the car boot."

Okay, the next word I'm adding to my "use-it-as-often-as-possible-randomly-in-ordinary-conversation" list is satnav. Yes, that's how it sounded when they said it. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I realized they were kind of saying sat nav, as in satellite navigation. We Americans call it GPS. So one panelist kept referring to the satnav lady, and I realized she wasn't insulting anyone. We seem to have more acronyms here in the U.S. than abbreviations, especially the last few years. LOL has been around FOREVER, it seems. The slang abbreviation cray-cray, well, that one just sounds uneducated and silly now. It lasted like a nano-second, and with that one example, I have just proven my point. Acronyms rule. Abbreviations dro.... See what I did there?

Anyhoo, this last one isn't really a new word. It is just a pronunciation of a word. And I LOVE it. When Jill was talking about visiting a cemetery, she pronounced it that cool English way, so it sounds like symmetry. And then she said it our way, like seh-meh-terry. And honestly, now I see why the rest of the English-speaking world thinks we have slaughtered the language. Really, saying it symmetry sounds so much more refined. I'm going to visit the "symmetry." Just saying it makes me feel certain my IQ has risen by a few points.

Obviously, I wrote this post after either staying up too late, getting up too early, or drinking one too many Dr. Peppers. Okay, wait, that last option is totally not even humanly possible. Which is why after I go grocery shopping, my car boot is full of 2-liters.

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