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  1. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    This is how I try to live my life.
     
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  3. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    The best way. ❤️
     
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  5. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Me too. I ditched the watch I can't remember how far back.

    I always felt that if I waited long enough good things would happen to me.

    Kind of the opposite of the "make your own luck" attitude that seems to be everywhere.

    Hope everyone knows where the word came from ?

    Serendos ,the name for Ceylon and now Sri Lanka ,I think.
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I thought it was The Princes of Serendip.
     
  8. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes. The old word for Sri Lanka, (Ceylon) was Serendip, rather than Serendos.
     
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  9. geordief Valued Senior Member

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  10. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Great scrabble word:



    piz·zazz
    /pəˈzaz/
    noun
    INFORMAL
    noun: pizazz
    1. an attractive combination of vitality and glamour.
      "a new way to add graphic pizzazz to your desktop-publishing project"
     
  11. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    There's only 1 'z' in a scrabble set, though, so 'pizazz' is an impossible scrabble word.
     
  12. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    come·up·pance
    /kəˈməpəns/
    noun
    INFORMAL
    1. a punishment or fate that someone deserves.
      "he got his comeuppance"

      Similar:
      just deserts

      deserved fate
      due

      due reward
      just punishment
      retribution

      requital
      recompense
      in recompense"


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  13. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    whangdoodle

    "The Whangdoodle is a fanciful or humorous being whose undefined appearance and essence is left to individual imagination. Other connotations may include an object of humor, something noisy but of no consequence and insignificant.

    19th-century usage[edit]
    It appeared in 1858 as a title for and text within a parody sermon "Where the lion roareth and the wang-doodle mourneth," published in Samuel Putnam Avery's The Harp of a Thousand Strings: Or, Laughter for a Lifetime.[1] Possibly due to its resemblance to or formation from existing words whang[a] and doodle,[4] it soon became common to spell it as whangdoodle. The term appeared derisively in 1859 correspondence published in The Cincinnati Lancet & Observer.[5] Mark Twain used it disparagingly in a letter in 1862.[6] By 1877 it had been included in a dictionary."--- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whangdoodle
     

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