Word of the Week: “Schmooze”
This one was completely new to me, and I heard it at the Putnam County Public Library’s monthly board meeting, of all places.
A DePauw student had come to cover the meeting as part of her communications class, and one of the board members was her former advisor. They got to talking about how to schmooz professors into letting you into a class, and I fell in love with the word instantly.
It is, in fact, a word, meaning to “talk, chat (up)...mingle...hobnob...work the room.” I took it as more like flattery or sweet-talk, but alright.
Phrase of the Week: “Yippy skippy”
The Banner is one member short these days.
My fellow staff writer and our best photographer Nick Wilson has moved on to other endeavors. And while he will be missed, I was excited about relocating to the window seat, where Philip (my potted plant) can enjoy more sunshine, and I can enjoy more space in my own little corner.
I did not, however, count on the electronic side of things, nor anticpate how painful moving an email account from one computer to another can be. After two days of frustration for myself and Assistant Editor Jared, I finally figured it out. The good news then was that mail was incoming; the bad news was that there was 2,000-some-odd of it, when there shouldn’t be. And I would not only have to determine why there was so many new messaged, but I would also have to go through all of it.
I hadn’t used the phrase in quite some time, but somehow it was what came to mind.
Did you know you can text 911? Yep, thanks to the Statewide 911 Board, you can text messages to 911 in Indiana, which is helpful for the hearing- and speech-impaired, and sometimes lifesaving for situations when a voice call would be too dangerous (say, hiding in a closet from the robbers trying to rob your house). You can’t send photos or videos yet, but they’re working on that.
The craziest part is that we’re the only state that does it. You’d have thought at least California would have caught on to this by now.
Also, there is such a thing as the Indiana Lifeline law. This provides immunity for people who call 911 on behalf of others suffering from sexual assault or alcohol poisoning (the law is mostly geared toward college students, but applies to everyone). The conditions are that the person calling or staying to help must remain in communication, provide their full information, remain on the scene (if it’s safe), and cooperate on the scene until dismissed.
And while we’re talking about youth, there is a program called Safe Place that provides places where young people can find immediate safety and resources. They’re normally found in businesses and public service facilities. Also part of the program is the TXT 4 HELP program, which will tell users where the nearest Safe Place is and provides 24-hour access to mental health providers.
For us, there are locations in Quincy, Eminence, Patricksburg, Monrovia, Gosport, and Spencer. Visit http://www.nationalsafeplace.org/.