My good friend Gina Barreca just made an AMAZING discovery: she is quoted in today’s entry for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day. Now, if Gina were being quoted used so that readers could see the word “hegemony” or “dialectic” used in a sentence, I would admittedly be a little less thrilled. But the word that Gina is quoted to demonstrate is “chilblain,” “an inflammatory swelling or sore caused by exposure (as of the feet or hands) to cold.” You really can’t get more awesome than that.
If you go to her website, you’ll see that Gina is the author of 3,052 things, including a groundbreaking work on humor They Used to Call Me Snow White, but I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor (first published in 1991 and now enjoying a 20th anniversary revised edition), It’s Not That I’m Bitter . . . or How I Stopped Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Co-Education in the Ivy League. She also blogs for Psychology Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Huffington Post. She’s been on Oprah and Dr. Phil and in The Washington Post and The New York Times and . . . oh, I’ll just let you look at her long list of accomplishments yourself. The point is Gina has already “made it,” but for some reason, appearing in Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day seems to be better proof to her of this fact than many of her other accolades.
I get this. Do you? I would love to have my description of a couple’s “xeric relationship” chosen by dictionary.com.
Gina’s glee has made me very curious about how all of us define “making it” in whatever field it would be our dream to “make it” in. For me, it might involve writing something that both Alan Ball and the Nolan brothers fight over the rights to direct. It would be Tina Fey (or Gina Barreca, for that matter) saying that my newest book was pee-your-pants funny. It would be coining a word or phrase that would later appear in Urban Dictionary.
What would it be for you? What would cure the chilblains of past rejection for evermore?