Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

January 26, 2011

Staycation

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Every year new words are entered into English dictionaries.  Sometimes I believe the words are just some slang or hybrid words that come from our electronic age.

But one of the new words this year caught my attention.  It is a noun.  The word is staycation.  It would be the opposite, I suppose, of gocation!  (Maybe I just came up with a new word for next year!)

If you have not caught the meaning, let me get us on level ground with a word that we do understand.  The word vacation!  Vacation has been defined generally as vacating something — like your job, your routine, or your city.  You know — you take a vacation and go somewhere or away from somewhere.  It is more specifically defined as a time of rest or freedom from the usual responsibilities.  Like a two week vacation from the job and home and spent at the beach!

Now we have a new word staycation.  It is intended to be the opposite of  vacation.  Where vacation has implied going away from home . . . the new word means staying home and having a vacation!  But, again I ask, does the new word invalidate the meaning of vacation?  Should the choice for vacation now be either staycation or gocation?

Why did we need the new word . . . implying that we can stay home and have our vacation?  Could it be related to the lifestyle of the present generation?  Most families with children are on the go — school and extra activities such as athletics and the arts.  Parents work late or travel or are involved in civic or church responsibilities. There is a constant demand on time!  Then, often, both parents are working.  There seems to be so little time at home with the family.  Perhaps the word has been coined to title what many families are now doing when vacation time comes.  They are staying home!  It is just family time!  No other schedules allowed!

Of course, some may be making this choice because they have no resources to travel and go to the mountains or the beach.  Today’s economy dictates much of what we do with vacation time.  Staycation now becomes a choice or a forced decision!

So here I am again speculating and just addressing a subject I know little about . . . or a subject that really has no value in strengthening my daily life.  But I couldn’t help writing about it.  I was fascinated with the new word.

But there are so many old words . . . as well as new words . . . I don’t know or understand.  Lest I spend too much time in the dictionary or seeking to learn the new words, I must never neglect the pure Word!  That is the Word of God with thousands of words . . . and so many of those I need to be able to understand.  Yet, I must also focus on those I do understand and seek to adjust my life to the meaning and teaching implied in those words!

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  (Psalm 119:105)   “Every word of God is flawless.”  (Proverb 30:5)  “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly . . . .”  (Colossians 3:16)

Lawson

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