1337 likes, yeah that’s sufficient! Sufficient is one of the many terms associated with like. Apparently litebeing chronicles was liked 1337 times as of 10-22-13. I started this blog on 1-11-13, so it all adds up I guess. One of the many things I like about WordPress is its eccentricities. Who else gives trophies for 1337 likes? I could check the forums to find out why, but I know better 🙂 I also appreciate that I receive emails from WordPress that start out with Howdy. What’s not to like! Whoever is in charge of trophies and emails, thank you for your ingenuity, wit, and inventiveness 🙂
The word like has so much of a complex charge nowadays. Likes are a means of commerce and value in a way that was incomprehensible twenty years ago. I spend countless hours on Facebook liking so many things because I want to acknowledge that these pictures or status updates are cool or simply to acknowledge their existence. Do you also find yourself hard-wired to like things publicly? Are you afraid to not acknowledge someone for worry they will consider you impolite?
All kidding aside, I am grateful for each and every time someone makes the extra effort to click on like for my blog. In fact, I hope to introduce more content that will elicit liking on a critical mass scale, one post at a time. I am always looking for ways to grow creatively and engage more of you. Your time is valuable and I am quite aware you could be doing something else. Yet, you are here! Like, how cool is that! Like, very cool indeed.
Ready for a little history and etymology –
According to the Online Etymology dictionary:
like (adj.) “having the same characteristics or qualities” (as another), Middle English shortening of Old English gelic “like, similar,” from Proto-Germanic *galika- “having the same form,” literally “with a corresponding body” (cf. Old Saxon gilik, Dutch gelijk, German gleich, Gothic galeiks “equally, like”), a compound of *ga- “with, together” + Germanic base *lik-“body, form; like, same” (cf. Old English lic “body,” German Leiche “corpse,” Danish lig, Swedish lik, Dutch lijk “body, corpse”). Analogous, etymologically, to Latin conform. The modern form (rather than *lich) may be from a northern descendant of the Old English word’s Norse cognate, glikr.
Formerly with comparative liker and superlative likest (still in use 17c.). The preposition (c.1200) and the adverb (c.1300) both are from the adjective. As a conjunction, first attested early 16c. The word has been used as a postponed filler (“going really fast, like”) from 1778; as a presumed emphatic (“going, like, really fast”) from 1950, originally in counterculture slang and bop talk. Phrase more like it “closer to what is desired” is from 1888.like (n.)
Old English lician “to please, be sufficient,” from Proto-Germanic *likjan (cf. Old Norse lika, Old Frisian likia, Old High German lihhen, Gothic leikan “to please”), from *lik- “body, form; like, same.”
The basic meaning seems to be “to be like” (see like (adj.)), thus, “to be suitable.” Like (and dislike) originally flowed the other way: It likes me, where we would say I like it. The modern flow began to appear late 14c. (cf. please).
Numerology – The number 1337 reduces to 14 which reduces finally to 5. 5 symbolizes change and freedom and is associated with the planet Mercury. What I would give to get a look at WordPress’ chart!
UPDATE: Thanks to Julianne, I ran a chart for WordPress and wouldn’t you know, it has the sun at 5 degrees Gemini! Now I understand where the whimsical 1337 comes from! Gemini is associated with the planet Mercury and Mercury is associated with the number 5. On top of that, Gemini is at 5 degrees no less. On a personal note, my IC is exactly conjunct WordPress’ sun. This means that this blogging platform symbolizes my soul, my beginnings, my foundation,my family, my home. Even when I cannot use my GoodReads widget or music player. Even when my stats do not add up. I forgive and move on because something sacred is at work here. The astrology simply confirmed what I knew instinctively. I can share the truest expression of my being here and bask in the warmth of kinship and genuine community. WordPress is truly family to me and I really like that!
For more on the number 5: http://www.cafeastrology.com/numerology.html#five
By the way, I like you too. Very, very much!