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And the Word of the Year is…

Tweet Okay, folks, here it is! (Drum roll…) Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017, the year on which we just closed the door.  The word (hold onto your hat) comes to us on the heels of hot news… (think past experience … Continue reading

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Fun and Games with the Dictionary

Tweet I can’t imagine what Noah Webster would say about all the new words being added to the Merriam-Webster official dictionary.  Did he really intend for us to make up words for our times and situations? Probably.  New words have been added to … Continue reading

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Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

Tweet Research can take so much time.  Not as much as it did in the olden days when we had to go to the library and search through the card catalogue and all. But it’s still consumes time.  Which is why I … Continue reading

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Good Words Gone Bad

Tweet She let out a sigh and plundered through her speech. What plunder that speaker will gather, I have no idea.  But this I do know:  if you want to be a successful writer, you must focus on choosing your words carefully. They are, after … Continue reading

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It literally kills me!

Tweet                           lit·er·al·ly: without exaggeration: used to show that a statement is actually true and not exaggerated. “Literally” means that something is… well… literal.  Just as stated.  What you see is what you get. Which is why it isn’t literally correct to say, “I … Continue reading

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Malapropisms that Plummet to the Top

Tweet Okay, I realize we have a lot of words in the English language from which to choose.  And I undestand that many of them sound similar.  But if you want to be a successful writer–or even if you others … Continue reading

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Words and Words and Words

Tweet Unusual words.  Sweet sounding words—and even bitter words.  Flippant words, and words packed with wisdom.  I love them all.  How fortunate we are to have a language so rich and varied.  But, as always, with opportunity comes responsibility. Back … Continue reading

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For the Love of Words~

Tweet I do love words. Smooth, tumbling ones such as bibliobibuli (people who read too much),  and nimble ones like akimbo (as in hands on hips), and picturesque ones like moonglade (that beautiful moon reflection on water). I like words … Continue reading

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Right Word, Unexpected Place

Tweet You know how it is when you’re looking for that perfect word to describe a sound, and it’s right on the edge of your brain but you just can’t grasp it?  You keep thinking of okay words, but not that … Continue reading

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Most Recognized Words

Tweet Whenever I speak in another country, I begin by giving a few words of greeting in the local tongue.  In China, I didn’t do such a good job.  “Zao,” I said.  Good morning.  “Jian.”  Thank you.  But I just … Continue reading

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