Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Ivan Gefenrutilant

: having a reddish glow

“Ruber” itself is a direct ancestor of our word “rubella” (a disease named for the reddish color one’s skin turns when afflicted with the condition) and “rubric” (which, among other things, can refer to a book or manuscript heading that is done or underlined in red). “Ruber” is also a distant relative of several English words for things that bear a reddish tone (including “russet,” “rouge,” and “ruby”) and even of the word “red” itself.
Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/#MRzjO8iCdHqWt4Cq.99 8 months ago


Georgie88. Iniquity

Iniquity [ih-nik-wi-tee]
noun

1. gross injustice or wickedness.
2. a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin. 11 months ago


Ivan GefenAllochthonous

Allochthonous

“PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-LOK-thuh-nuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Originating in a region other than where it is found.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek from allos (other) + chthon (earth, land). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhghem- (earth), which also sprouted human, homicide, humble, homage, chamomile, exhume, inhume, chthonic, disinter, chameleonic, and Persian zamindar (landholder). Earliest documented use: 1888.”

-http://wordsmith.org/words/allochthonous.html 14 months ago


Georgie87. Scabrous

Scabrous [SKAB-ruhs]
adjective

1. full of difficulties.
2. having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.
3. indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene: scabrous books. 15 months ago


Ivan GefenMeed: Reward, Recompense, Wage

meed

PRONUNCIATION:
(meed)

MEANING:
noun: Reward; recompense; wage.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English med. Earliest documented use: before 900.

USAGE:
“And speaking of seats, the folding chairs were hideously uncomfortable—something like that fabled throne in Hades, which demanded a meed of blood and bone if you tried to leave it.”

Example: Grandmother’s scathing remarks took my pride as a meed for not calling for a month. 15 months ago


Ivan GefenConfabulation (not as in fabrication).

Synonyms: chat, bull session,, chin wag, gum bumping
Antonym (sort-of): conference, colloquy, seminar, consultation, discourse, deliberation
Example: The teachers delivered the decision they reached after deep deliberation. Then, students confabulated about their fairness. 15 months ago


Ivan GefenUntitled

confabulate

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuhn-FAB-yuh-layt)

MEANING:
verb intr.:
1. To talk informally.
2. To replace fact with fantasy to fill in gaps in memory.

ETYMOLOGY:
From confabulari (to talk together), from con- (with) + fabulari (to talk), from fabula (tale). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bha- (to speak) that is also the source of fable, phone, fame, boon, and infant. Earliest documented use: 1604.

USAGE:
“Senior party leaders from across the state were expected to attend the meet and confabulate on issues pertaining to tribals in the state.”
Congress Takes a Diwali Break; The Indian Express (New Delhi); Oct 13, 2011.

“The majority of the subjects failed to notice the switch, and confabulated reasons why they chose the picture they had been given.”
Neil Levy; Are You Racist? You May Be Without Even Knowing It; The Bundaberg News-Mail (Australia); May 31, 2013. 15 months ago


zanniyeah 15 months ago


Ivan Gefenconterminous

adjective:
1. Having a common boundary.
2. Confined within one common boundary.
3. Having the same scope, in time, meaning, etc.

“Alaska is not in the conterminous United States” 16 months ago


Georgie86. Blivet

Blivit [bliv-it]
noun

1. something annoying, ridiculous, or useless.
2. something for which one cannot find a word; something difficult to name.
3. an unpleasant or unsolvable situation or problem. 17 months ago


Georgie85. Hellion

hellion [hel-yuhn]
noun

a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person. 17 months ago


Georgie84. Logomachy

logomachy [loh-GOM-uh-kee]
noun

1. a dispute about or concerning words.
2. an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words
3. a game played with cards, each bearing one letter, with which words are formed. 17 months ago


Georgie83. Mellifluous

mellifluous [muh-lif-loo-uhs]
adjective

1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey. 17 months ago


Sathyagunasekar 17 months ago


Ivan Gefenensconce

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To settle firmly and comfortably.
2. To hide securely.

ETYMOLOGY:
From en- (in) + sconce (small fortification), from Dutch schans (entrenchment). Earliest documented use: 1589.

USAGE:
“Vladimir Putin is once more ensconced behind the Kremlin’s walls.”
Not Such a Strongman; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 9, 2012.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia, author (1924-1998)

Thanks: http://wordsmith.org/ 17 months ago


Georgie82. Mnemonic

mnemonic [ni-mon-ik]
adjective

1. assisting or intended to assist the memory.
2. pertaining to mnemonics or to memory.

noun
3. something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.
4. In computing: a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.” 17 months ago


Ivan Gefen 17 months ago


Georgie81. Insouciant

Insouciant [in-soo-see-uhnt] (French: an-soo-syah)
adjective

free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant. 18 months ago


Georgie80. Swivet

swivet [SWIV-it]
noun

a state of nervous excitement, haste, or anxiety; flutter 19 months ago


Georgie79. Jactation

jactation [jak-tey-shuhn]
noun

1. boasting; bragging.
2. a restless tossing of the body. 19 months ago


Georgie78. Curmudgeon

curmudgeon [ker-muhj-uhn]
noun

1. a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person. 19 months ago


Georgie77. Cardinal

cardinal [kahr-dn-l]
adjective

noun
1. a high ecclesiastic appointed by the pope to the College of Cardinals.
2. a crested grosbeak, Cardinalis cardinalis, of North America, the male of which is bright red.
3. a deep, rich red color.
4. a woman’s short cloak with a hood, originally made of scarlet cloth and popularly worn in the 18th century. 19 months ago


Georgie76. Desiderata

desiderata [dih-sid-uh-rah-tuh]
noun

1. something wanted or needed.
Example: “Happily-ever-after” and “eternal love” appear to be the desiderata of the current generation.19 months ago


Georgie75. Oligarchy

oligarchy [ol-i-gahr-kee]
noun

1. a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few. 19 months ago


Georgie74. Ovoviviparous

ovoviviparous [oh-voh-vahy-vip-er-uhs]
adjective (Zoology)

1. producing eggs that are hatched within the body, so that the young are born alive but without placental attachment, as certain reptiles or fishes. 19 months ago


Georgie73. Fustigate

Fustigate [fuhs-ti-geyt]
verb

1. to cudgel; beat; punish severely.
2. to criticize harshly; castigate 19 months ago


Georgie72. Parsimony

parsimony [pahr-suh-moh-nee]
noun

1. extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess; niggardliness. 19 months ago


Georgie71. Verdant

verdant [vur-dnt]
adjective

1. green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass
2. of the color green
3. inexperienced; unsophisticated 19 months ago


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