Time Magazine will soon anoint its Person of the Year. This year, I'm anointing a noun -- and an adjective derived from it -- as the 2013 "Words of the Year." They are..."icon" and iconic."
An icon is an image on computers, or a notable saint. But these days, even the flotsam of our existence can achieve distinction in such documented expressions as iconic diaper, iconic toilet paper -- and even iconic icon.
Oregon has its own icons, of course. The City of Yachats slogan -- La De Da -- iconic frivolity. Art Robinson, perennial candidate for Congress, an iconic optimist. As a Huffington Post blogger recently wrote: "Iconic take it any more!"
So don't be ironic -- be iconic! Leave a comment below with Oregon icons of your own.
And that's a piece of my mind.