New Year's Eve Toast

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On the last day of the year, thinking about all the significant events of the last twelve months, I realised that one of the best things about my 2010 has been Artwiculate. I would like to propose a New Year's toast to Artwiculate and it's creators and to say thanks for all the fun this year.

In April I visited my brother in hospital. He told me about an online word game he was thoroughly enjoying that was making his protracted stay more bearable. The stimulation of the daily challenge and the camaraderie with his fellow players (they had even created and signed a 'virtual cast' to cheer him up) had kept his spirits up. (He was also, I later realised, as high as a kite on morphine but at the time I took his ebullience to be a powerful recommendation for Artwiculate.) I signed up to Twitter almost immediately. I've hardly missed a word since.

Artwiculate promises to be a game 'that helps clever people look clever and helps the rest of us learn new words.' It certainly does this. I love learning the new words and moreover I love spending a whole day cogitating on layers of meaning even if the word is familiar. Obviously, thinking about words means thinking about ideas and each Artwiculate day focuses a little lexical spotlight on some corner of the world of ideas. During the day, while most of my brain is busy with work and family, a part of it gets to play with the big questions (in tiny pieces, of course). And sometimes 140 characters is all the philosophy I can manage.

And those clever people looking clever? I don't think a day has gone by when I haven't read an Artwiculate tweet that has made me laugh out loud, look up something I've never heard of or feel genuinely moved. I delight in the breadth of creativity and perspective from this bunch of disparate souls with nothing in common but our love of words. It is always a pleasure to read through the day's entries, voting blind and trying to guess the authors of my favourite tweets.

But Artwiculate has given me so much more. When we talk about words, we can't help but reveal ourselves and word play has become the springboard for so many silly or significant conversations. I have met witty, wise, generous, thoughtful new friends playing this game. Our common interest in language drew us together but now the relationships are bigger than words. I've read books based on their recommendations, conducted lessons based on their tweets, enjoyed their emails and videos and received gifts for myself and my children. I have formed a wonderful friendship with someone who lives 10 minutes away but who, without Artwiculate, I would never have met. I've even managed some much-missed verbal shenanigans with my own family. And I've been lucky enough to watch other relationships develop all over the world between fellow players, Let's face it, we're at one engagement and counting.

So please charge your glasses and join me in a toast to Artwiculate, her creators and participants, far and wide. In 2010 we have bloviated and bamboozled, we've been libertine, lachrymose and lackadaisical and we've guffawed at grandiloquence and gravitas. All in all, a good time was had by all. Let's drink to a 2011 that is at the very least bedazzled and always artwiculate.
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Marianne Powles

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  • toasting with Diet Coke

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Jane Roffe

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Diet Coke in hand too, I'm delighted to join this toast and send heartfelt thanks to the people who created this great game. It and the people who play have offered me sustenance at many levels, all year round, and even in the darkest moments.

Thanks also to that brother of yours for bringing you in, Marianne, and to you for getting it together to write this tribute. I am, as every day, awestruck by the intelligence of your insights and the understated elegance of your tweets.

Cheers!
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My toast is soda water with fresh lime. I agree with Jane. Well said. (Is that the first time "understated" and "Marianne" have been used together. You must be delighted.)
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Silia J. Hatzi

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Cheers, indeed.

"For what is a friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? Seek him always with hours to live." —Gibran

Thank you Artwiculate, for all the hours I get to live.

With more love that seems possible to feel,

Silia
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Cheers indeed. What a wonderful way to put it all, Maz. Artwiculate, without a doubt, was one of the best things of 2010 for me. Thanks for having "Goulburn" in your profile location or I wouldn't be here writing this, and I wouldn't have all these new friends.
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Silia J. Hatzi

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I say we toast again! Cheers!
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Ram

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after my NYE escapades, i can only offer a weak moan of "cheers", but consider it a very strong weak moan. and just like that artwiculate's sex has been decided....
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Marianne Powles

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Yeah, sorry about that, I didn't notice until later. Diet Coke must have gone to my head - imagining Artwiculate as some kind of ocean liner, I think.
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Ram

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no problemo, you couldn't have picked a sexier sex! or is that sexist? oh,well...
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Harry Arp

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Late again! But I'll cheer Cheers! Here's to Artwiculate and all who sail in her.