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...