Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CCC August 2017 Scavenger Challenge: C'mon, get happy!

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

August 1 - 31, 2017

August is "Admit You're Happy" month, and accordingly, we've come up with some happy tasks this month. Thank you to for these expressions and meanings!

1. Happy as a clam: This expression which generally means “extremely happy,” is something of a misnomer. First, clams are not particularly emotive. The expression is a shortening of the longer happy as a clam in mud at high tide or happy as a clam at high water, both of which mean “happy as a critter that’s safe from being dug up and eaten.” So, secondly, the longer expressions merely evoke a sense of relief, not genuine happiness.
☺ Read a book with a beach on the cover OR read a book with C-L-A-M in its title (the letters do not have to be together or in order!).
Almost Perfect Julie Ortolon 8/4/17

2. Happy hour: This expression originally referred to the time on board a ship allotted for recreation and entertainment for a ship's crew. In the early 1900s, the term came to refer to cocktail hour at a bar, when drinks were served at reduced prices. 
Read a book in which a character is a bartender or owns a bar OR read a book which you received at a reduced price (tell us about your bargain!).
Death and Relaxation Devon Monk 8/1/17

3. Slaphappy: In the 1940’s, the word happy began appearing in words that conveyed temporary overexcitement. Slaphappy suggests a dazed or “happy” state from repeated blows or slaps, literal or figurative. Slaphappy can mean "severely befuddled" or "agreeably giddy or foolish" to "cheerfully irresponsible."
☺ Read a book that takes place in the 1940’s OR read a book by an author whose first and last initial may be found in SLAPHAPPY.
The Shape of My Heart Ann Aguirre 8/23/17

4. Trigger-happy: Much like slaphappy, the happy in trigger-happy indicates a kind of temporary mental overstimulation and also entered English in the 1940s. Originally meaning "ready to fire a gun at the least provocation," it has taken on figurative senses including "eager to point out the mistakes or shortcomings of others" and "heedless and foolhardy in matters of great importance."
☺ Read a book with any type of weapon on its cover OR read a book whose title contains any word with double, consecutive consonants (i.e. trigger, winning).
All or Nothing at All Jennifer Probst 8/8/17

5. Happy-go-lucky: The word happy comes from the Old Norse happ meaning "chance" or "luck." The adjective happy-go-lucky, means "trusting cheerfully to luck" or "happily unconcerned." The expression happy-be-lucky entered English slightly earlier than happy-go-lucky, but fell out of use in the mid-1800s.
☺ Read a book with a character you would describe as “happy-go-lucky” OR read a book you feel lucky to have read (a book you would rate at least 4 stars).
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You Bella Andre 8/12/17

6. Happy medium: The notion of the happy medium is descended from an ancient mathematical concept called the golden mean, in which the ratios of the different parts of a divided line are the same. The phrase happy medium refers to a satisfactory compromise between two opposed things, or a course of action that is between two extremes.
Read a book of medium length (between 250 – 400 pages; tell us how many pages) OR read a book with opposite words in its title (i.e. Big Little Lies).
(363 pages)
Gods and Ends Devon Monk 8/9/17

7. Happy camper: A happy camper is a person who is cheerful and satisfied. The word camper was widely used to refer to a soldier or military man when it entered English in the 1600s. It took on a more generic sense of one who camps recreationally in the mid-1800s. Interestingly, use of the phrase happy camper skyrocketed in the 1980s.
☺ Read a book in which someone goes camping OR read a book whose title begins with a letter in CAMPER (a, an, the DO count).
Part Time Cowboy Maisey Yates 8/2/17


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