Earlier today I was asked by a blogging friend if I had coined the word “Baditude”. I thought some of you might be interested in my reply:

“Baditude” is one of several words that I think I coined and don’t think I heard anywhere before, but I’ll bet the minute I claim that I coined a word, someone will say it came from someplace else–not in a nefarious way but a factual one–but for now, I think I coined it.

I’d rather coin several words I like and not be concerned about who claims or gets credit for them than to hold off using them just because someone else might have thought of the word first.

The same is true for phrases and quotes too. I posted a quote recently and for the first time put my name on it. I cringed doing it because even though I believe I came up with it first, I’d hate to have someone accuse me of stealing it from someplace else, so I usually just say the quote or phrase as part of a post and not make a big deal about it or attribute it to anyone. I figure if I was the first and it is worth remembering, it was worth sharing regardless of who is credited with it.

What’s that saying, “Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” (And no I didn’t coin that phrase but I wish I had. It’s a good one!)


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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6 Responses to Baditude

  1. JanBeek says:

    Can you feel my smile and see my head nodding? I hear you, my friend!

  2. boomiebol says:

    Oh don’t feel strange. I read a post yesterday that said some guy Doleaner or something like that came up with the telephone first but he didn’t get it patented and so when Bell came up with it later, he got the credit for it…

    :). I might borrow baditude from time to time…giving you credit for it of course. Have a good night!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Boomie. Then if it turns out someone else came up with it first you’ll at least be able to say “Why that plagiarizing so-and-so Russ Towne had the nerve to claim that he came up with it first!” ;-D!


  3. Jo-Anne says:

    I also hear you and know where you are coming from………….

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