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Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023
Good morning to you!

I bought on old dictionary this week, a 1954 Webster’s New American. It has a hardbound cover, line art images on each page, and cut-out letter tabs on the side to easily find what I am looking up. There are even color maps of the world in the center. It’s wonderful, but much like most things its age, it’s far from perfect. The inside pages are yellowing, tattered and brittle and have a slight scent of cigarettes. Even so, it is still usable, and I plan to put it to work.

Yes, I have spell check on my word processing software, and, yes, I use it religiously. But there’s something about having a dictionary on hand and looking things up the old-fashioned way. For starters, I think it helps me learn more than having a computer correct words for me.

We use that same principle in all our copy editing at Big Green Umbrella Media. We physically print out pages, and our staff proofs them with pens in hand. We have tried editing on the computer screens in various methods, but we found that we were not as accurate. Call it old-school if you want, but it works — and so does the dictionary.

Just for fun, I looked up the word “computer” in my newly found 1954 dictionary. It wasn’t listed. I love it.

These words were missing as well: photobomb, troll, emoji, infomercial, blog, voicemail, spam, Wi-Fi, selfie, malware and in-box. Sounds refreshing, doesn’t it?

Are you curious what words were added in the 1954 dictionary as “new” words? Here are a few: amphetamine, bazooka, brunch, flame thrower, happy dust, laminated wood, racism, Technicolor and zoot suit. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

I may lose interest in this relic, and it may soon sit on a shelf and collect dust until my wife sells it to someone else who may find it interesting. But for today, at least, it reminds me of days before my time that certainly had their own struggles and worries and concerns but also had more simple and serene aspects, too.

I didn’t grow up in the 1950s. Some say I never grew up at all. But I did watch “Happy Days” in the 1970s, and I am guessing Mr. and Mrs. C. had a dictionary much like the one I bought on the shelves in their living room. And that makes me smile.

Now, forgive me while I look up what a zoot suit is.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

View Shane Goodman's archived columns from past issues here.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines® readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best local place to hold a corporate event/party

1. Your Private Bar

2. Holiday Inn Downtown

3. Surety Hotel


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Meet Allyvia Von Ahnen

Making a difference for her students

By T.K. West

Allyvia Von Ahnen has been a RAM ever since kindergarten when she attended Four Mile Elementary School. Now, after graduating from Iowa State University, she has returned to her alma mater as a first grade teacher at Delaware Elementary School. When choosing a position, she says she knew she wanted to come back to Southeast Polk because of the family-oriented community and overall initiative to help all students achieve their goals.

“One of the best things about working in the Southeast Polk district are the people who I work with. Every day I come into work, my colleagues are there to support me, lift me up, help me learn from my mistakes and celebrate my successes. It makes a huge difference to work with those who care for you, and I feel very grateful for the relationships I have made at Delaware Elementary and throughout the district,” Von Ahnen says.

She adds, she enjoys teaching students at the first grade level because of the amount of growth they make through the year, as well as the determination her students have to continue improving their skills.

Read the rest of the story in the August Altoona Living magazine.
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These celebrities were born on this date:  Tyler Perry, Ben Savage, Niall Horan, Lili Reinhart, Hector Cervantes, Fiona Apple, Joe Don Rooney, Steve Perkins, Jeff Ross, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a raccoon covered in pasta sauce? A RAGU-N! - Gail Tomlinson, Rich Hoidahl and Sara S. Or, Lunch! say Shane Goodman and William Snyder. Or A pesto-covered pest! says Rex Post.

Today's riddle

What’s the worst thing about nervous guitar players?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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