I know, it’s Tuesday, an unusual day for me to be posting, but it’s January and you never know what #JusJoJan might give you. John over at The Sound of One Hand Typing is responsible for today’s Just Jot January prompt, so I thought I’d play along.
“Your prompt for JusJoJan January 7th, 2020, is ‘mix.’ Use the word ‘mix’ any way you’d like. Enjoy!”
One of the first thing a chemist learns, is the way things are combined. Mixtures are, perhaps the simplest such combinations. Mix, the word, also seems to have gotten cheated a bit. I mean it has an ’X’ and that’s cool but if you look at other types of mixtures, it’s a little sad. Emulsions are similar but the two (or more) substances are “emulsified,” not mixed. Suspensions are like mixtures, but the various stuff is “suspended” or “in suspension.” Mixtures are, well, mixed. If I had been in charge, I would have gone with “mixified,” yeilding a “mixification” of stuff.
When we look a little further, mix really starts to take it on the chin. Fine particles are “held in suspension.” When we need to create an emulsion, an “emulsifying agent” is involved. Suspended has a downside, as in being suspended from school, but also an upside as in having your sentence suspended after a certain period. When we consider being “mixed up,” as in unsure, or confused, it’s not a great connotation. Worse yet is being “mixed up in” something that might get you suspended. Andd, of course, the worst mix of all is the dreaded “wintry mix” that keeps invading our forecast.
Some of my favorite mixtures are when things that need to be mixed are “pre-mixed” i.e. already mixified. I’ve used a lot of cement that was pre-mixed. I used to have a truck that lost radiator fluid and I was happy to be able to buy pre-mixed antifreeze. Similarly, we buy pre-mixed windshield washer fluid – some of us are old enough to remember buying small bottles that you had to mix with water. The salvation of my college menu was pre-mixed pancake mix.
Mix doesn’t get its cool on until alcohol is involved. Bartenders, like Cheryl are said to have studied “mixology” and are often referred to as mixologists. Those words are words worthy of mixing and getting closer to mixifying. Unfortunately, at our bar, we avoid mixing. I drink beer, and David maintains a high degree of separation between his John Howell’s Bourbon, and the ice and seltzer. That’s too bad, because in that setting, the alcohol really is a solution.
Some interesting mixtures, combinations and solutions. Sorry if you haven’t eaten yet.