If you didn’t already know, ATRO stands for Awesome Things Rip-Off because I totally ripped off the idea from this guy.
I think we can all agree that making lists is awesome. Heck, 1000 Awesome Things and my rip-off version are lists themselves. We’ve all seen or done the meme, 100 Things About Myself. And as the year draws to a close, we’ll be seeing the Top 10 this and the Best 50 that all over the place.
I’ve been obsessed lately with making lists of words. It’s part of my job, but I also just LOVE IT.
We have a List of the Day every day. We usually use lists that other people have made, but once in a while I make one specifically for a wacky holiday. For instance, I made one called You Don’t Say! about language “disorders, disabilities, and unusual demonstrations” for Spoonerism Day.
But sometimes I just get a bug in my head. How many different words are there that end in -ing but aren’t gerunds? What about things that sound like serious diseases but aren’t? (Have a bad case of pandiculation? Well, you’re just yawning and stretching.) How many different dumplings, ties, and thieves are there?
The only downside is that it’s yet another procrastination tool for me. Why write when I can look up coffee barista lingo, foods that have double names (like couscous and mahi mahi), or movie titles that are one common word?
Must resist. . .must resist the awesome lists!