4.11.2012

Just another letter...

 I just (meaning a short time ago) checked out the A-Z Challenge website.  There are 1,820 blogs listed. That just (meaning really) amazes me.  I'm just (meaning only) one of them.

Just to clarify....I'm writing about the word JUST.  It's an interesting word that has several meanings.

Sometimes it's a noble little word, as in "It's just (fair and correct) that everyone in the family gets a doughnut."

Sometimes it expresses passion:  "I just (really) love the lemon-filled doughnuts."

Sometimes it pinpoints a time: "I just (a second ago) ate the last lemon-filled doughnut."

Sometimes it's used to diminish: "I'm just (only) a plain, cake doughnut.  Nobody wants me." 

Or, as I said in the 80's when I was a full time mom raising three children and didn't realize what I was saying, "I'm just (only) a homemaker."

I don't say that anymore.

I open my "about me" blurb with this alert:  "Just so you know...this is not a blog about baseball."  Here, I'm using the word to mean "pay attention, I'm clarifying here," which doesn't fit into any of the definitions above.

I also have a category of posts called "Just Life."  Which doesn't mean only life, or a fair and correct life, or a short time ago life.  It means everyday, ordinary life.  Which doesn't fall into Webster's definitions either. 

Go figure.  It's a word with a mind of its own. 

I'm just saying...



8 comments:

Cindy said...

Love it Mare. . . I never thought that much about "just" and I never realized how much it related to sweet stuff! But after all what else is important? Love you,

Anonymous said...

Nice Job!

S. said...

Nice work, mama! Kan't wait to see tomorrow's post!

Jaime said...

I find that I use this word often when I'm emailing people. Never reflected on the meanings, though.

mare ball said...

It's a multi-purpose word, for sure. :-) Thanks for checking in! I enjoy your blog, Jaime!

Suzi Fischer said...

I JUST LOVE your BLOG! super duper insight and fun!

a.eye said...

Good points with the overuse/misuse of this term. I think some people do the same with "sorry" when they use it and either don't mean it, or have no reason to use it.

mare ball said...

Thanks, Suzi. good usage of "just" there - you must mean REALLY. ha. Thanks for stopping by!