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What's a Word That You Invented?

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Every Friday, we post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Jason English is really milking this whole paternity leave thing, so he's asked me to whip up this week's questions.

1. My sister has a peculiar habit of making up words. Sometimes it's blatantly obvious (like the use of "embiggen" on The Simpsons), other times it's a strange amalgamation of known words that sounds plausible when vocalized ("combinate"—to combine and activate, presumably). Are you in the habit of inventing words? Heard any interesting made-up words lately?

2. One of my favorite things about autumn is drinking cinnamon-flavored warm apple cider. What seasonal food or beverage do you most look forward to when the autumnal equinox rolls around?

3. The other day, I found myself trailing an elderly man on the sidewalk. He was moving at a pretty good clip, until, all of a sudden, he stopped dead in his tracks and peered up at the sky. Well, I assumed it was the sky. As I passed him while he was transfixed, I heard him mumble, "Uh-oh, I'm late."

It took me a minute to realize he was checking the clock tower of a church to find the time. This is something I would never think to do. Between cell phones, iPods, digital clocks on computer screens, and any other manner of technological advancement, I almost always know the time. Are there any old-timey traditions you'll miss when they're rendered obsolete by technology?

4. My mom loves Everybody Loves Raymond. My father hates it. "I just don't see him," my father has said about Ray Romano. My girlfriend loves King of Queens; I can watch it for a half hour wondering when I'm supposed to laugh. What popular comedians or sitcoms do you just not find funny? Does your significant other gush over a program or particular form of entertainment that doesn't interest you?

[Jason returns next Friday. Have a great weekend! See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]

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How To Make A Snow Globe Cocktail
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Nothing gets people into the holiday spirit quite like snow globes… and booze. So, the Snow Globe Cocktail makes perfect sense.

Brought to us by , the festive cocktail is created with a few simple ingredients and supplies. Please resist the urge to shake it up. Instructions here.

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What Shows Up When You Google Yourself?
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On Fridays we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. On to this week's topics...

1. What's the strangest thing someone could learn about you by Googling your name? And has anyone who shares your name done anything remarkable? There's a Jason English who's almost exactly my age. He allegedly bit someone's ear off and flushed it down the toilet. It will be tough to rise above that in the search rankings.

2. What's something you regret quitting?

3. If you could change one rule in any board game, what would it be? (If you have a specific house rule you think the world should adopt, let us hear it.)

4. Do the kids celebrate Mischief Night/Devil's Eve in your neighborhood? What's the worst incident you remember?

5. Got a question for the group? Ask away. Have a great weekend and happy Halloween!

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