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LOP Lavelle: Learn the lingo — while it lasts

If you are spending time on WebMD rather than on Twitter, your vocabulary may include the names of memory-enhancing drugs like Aricept and Exelon.

Chances are, you are not as familiar with two words that Generation Y is now using: “hashtag” and “swag,” although learning these words from your children could be better mind therapy than pharmaceuticals.

A hashtag is a categorical label that is used in conjunction with a posting on a social media network such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. It is a phrase that includes and follows the symbol “#” and helps people search for that topic.

For example, if you were to post “the recent heat wave has caused my utility bill to skyrocket,” the hashtag might be “#budgeting.”

Now, “swag” is entirely different. If you have swag, you do not even notice the heat. When used as a noun, swag is what you possess when you have your car professionally detailed or when your Bocce Ball team is undefeated and you don’t even care because your golf handicap is five.

“Swag” no longer means the flowing river of brocade at the top of your draperies but more the way you saunter across the lake’s edge at the main beach in your bathing suit with complete confidence.

Everything teen idol Justin Bieber has, says or does is “swag” used as an adjective, as in a recent tweet: my fans are #swag. If you are planning to incorporate this versatile word into your vocabulary, do it quickly and use it often. Most overused affirmatives have a less than “sweet” shelf life, and when used by people over 50, its use may be extinguished almost immediately.

One more bit of teenage lingo worthy of mention, lest it become obsolete before the printing of this column, is “YOLO,” which is everywhere. You should know that “YOLO” translates to “you only live once.” It works in a variety of situations. One example is when you are shopping with a friend and you say, “Buy the shoes ­— YOLO!”

Speaking of “YOLO,” a few people have already committed to taking a leap of faith into some new local real estate. According to realtor Janice Cook, at least six lots have been sold in the first phase of the Cascade Crossing development. There will be 26 homes released at first with a total of 79 lots slated through the final phase.

The housing development on Combie Road has begun construction on its two models, which are scheduled for completion in just a few months. A grand opening of the models is tentatively scheduled for October. The first residents should be able to move into their new homes by the end of November.

Brochures with floor plans and a map of the community are available at the sales trailer located next to the Combie Road shopping center, as well as at the website: http:// homesbytowne.com.

The developer is also building a community park near the entrance to the new neighborhood. The park will have a play area for small children. Once complete, this small piece of recreational property will be available to everyone and will be maintained by Nevada County.

Laura Lavelle’s column is for southern Nevada County residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at lavelle@cebridge.net.

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