Before I even get going let me insert right here and now, I am shaken by all the new words coming to our already bursting at the seams dictionaries. Just to think, I'm not *yet* THE master with words, and here I am taking a good and hard look at words like Facebooking. (And I know Facebook is not new, but it's still not in the dictionary. At least not the 1988 edition I have. Plus, I still get the little red squiggly lines whenever I type it as a word).
Not all the time, but when I want to, I have no problem owning up to an admission. Like this new word business. So okay, I'm guilty here too. A little secret, and another admission, after catching wind about etymologies of words I figured...might as well... and threw in a few of mines too.
But now here's Facebooking, of which my first admission is the reason I chose to side-step the social network. A while back, when I was jumping on a number of social sites, I tried to set up a Facebook page, spending an entire day trying to get the page right. The information being requested I didn't want to give, so I encountered hiccups from that day forward... thus reevaluating my need to be on the network.
...When lo and behold, just a few months ago, I caught wind of the book (or was it the movie?) that came out about how AND WHY Facebook was created. Suddenly here, all the pieces came together.
The reason I was having issues with the page I tried to set up, indeed was because I was in there trying to bust up a party with my armload full of books.
In my own words, Facebook is a social site... as in a real 'party' site. It's the new way youngsters party. Back in the day, and yes, I'm steppin' back there as like they say, you hardly know where you're going if you don't know where you've stepped from, but back in the day we left the house to actually party. That's how we heard what was going on... met friends of friends... how we socialized and stayed connected.
Now, I don't know if anyone realizes this or not, but at 'real' parties, no one, and I mean absolutely no one, was reading books, or even talking about reading books. And before we get to assuming things, regardless of the type party, parties in general were venues where you basically 'hit it and quit it'. You didn't, or shouldn't, stand around going on and on about work, and hobbies, and who you know, and knows you, and what you like and don't like and such. And you most certainly didn't (or shouldn't) go around tapping people on the arm asking them to 'like you.' You became popular just by being there.
But... but... and here's where the admission comes in. I do get it. I mean, there's all types of parties... like Tupperware parties... haha... remember those? And the crystal parties... remember that one? And how about all those...umm... lingerie parties? These parties happened to jog my memory as I was having a general chat with a friend, when after casually mentioning something I heard, thinking since the person I was mentioning was a thousand miles between us, she likely hadn't heard. But she did! And why?
Because in the new age of mingling, everyone... or just about everyone is Facebooking!
Hope you enjoyed the 4th! God Bless America and INDEPENDENCE.