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    Happy New…wait a second

    By on January 1, 2022 in See It Here

    Well, one has to start somewhere.

    We’ve done the New Years Eve/New Years Day routine but it should be noted Roman King Pompilius decided in 715 BC, give or take a few years, the year will no longer begin in March, but in January. You kinda get the idea his name and has carried over to other descriptions too.

    Not to be outdone, Julius Caesar decided a “year” would be 365 days. So nobody really knows what real year we’re in.

    That point was made in an interview I did with Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould who said “nobody living in the Year 1 knew it was Year 1.”

    Another thought on this thing called 2022 comes from Lake Superior State College that decided there are words used too much in 2021 that should be banished forever, and if that’s not possible, then just banished for 2022.

    “Wait, what?” is the year’s most overused phrase and are a pair of words that really don’t go together in the first place.  Though 2021 kept us all in a hurry and it takes longer to say, try, “what do you mean?”

    Other words, that were never used during the reign of Pompilius include “new normal” and “supply chain” and “deep dive.” To assist civilization’s future, I suggest that “normal” is always changing so what was “normal” last Thursday isn’t the case as you read this. Our problem getting Chinese products to Lexington, Kentucky is the result of “how we go from Point A to Point C” (points DEFG are acceptable or you can just say “from Point A to here.”

    Another phrase is “circle back.” It’s meaningless. Just say “return to.”

    Then, again, we don’t know what the real year is so normal can’t exist in the first place.

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