Random Thoughts

“Flea” Market

July 2, 2024 | 0 Comments
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Did you ever wonder why flea markets use the word “flea”? Do I want to buy something that is filled with fleas? Apparently, the answer is . . . YES! According to Britannica.com, the most common belief about the origin of the phrase does, indeed, come from those annoying pests. So, the next time you…

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Clever “Gadgets”

June 4, 2024 | 8 Comments
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In the past few months, as I walked around the neighborhoods near mine, I have seen some amazingly clever “gadgets.” Before I describe those inventions, I decided to research the word, “gadget.” I thought it was just a word for things that are hard to describe. But there’s more to this word. Dictionary.com says a…

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Animal Expressions

May 2, 2023 | 22 Comments
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Thanks to my friend, Cindi, for reminding me of the expression, “monkeying around,” after reading the April post about Easter rabbits. So, I decided that this month would be perfect for looking at more animal expressions. I have collected a few over the years, many of which I have no idea why they exist. 😕…

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Easter Bunny

April 4, 2023 | 7 Comments
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Did you know that 2023 is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit? If you were born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011, you were born during the Year of the Rabbit.  If you want to know more about your “rabbit” personality, one website describes a legend when the Jade Emperor challenged all of the…

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Laughs for the New Year – 2023

January 3, 2023 | 5 Comments

We all had so much fun chuckling at “oops – wrong word” online communications last year that I thought I’d keep going with some more examples to start off this year. YAY! ANOTHER CONTEST! 😄 Here are the contestants: HAHA! Happy 2023!!

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tHANKS AND gIVING

December 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

For the final 2021 blog post and in honor of the holiday seasons, I give thanks for my friends who are also readers of this blog and the many ideas, suggestions, and comments you have sent to me. Some of those suggestions included links to grammar websites which I am now sharing with all of…

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Things I Think About – Double Numbers

July 6, 2021 | 6 Comments
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Things I Think About – While Swimming . . . You all know that I like to wonder about things. Most of the time, I don’t even want to know the real reason ‘behind the curtain,’ I just like to ponder and guess at how something started, or who thought of an idea. I marvel…

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Pretty When Blooming

February 16, 2021 | 4 Comments

While walking recently, I noticed the plants that were in “winter” mode compared to the ones that were blooming away. It seems to me that all plants are pretty when blooming, but when their blooms drop, what do they look like? Like people, yes? When we are happy, healthy, and doing well personally and professionally,…

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A Post To Toast

January 5, 2021 | 4 Comments
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I started a Homonyms spreadsheet last year to help my Adult Literacy League students learn how the spelling of a word can impact its meaning while not impacting its sound. A shout-out to Claudia who is helping me organize the spreadsheet. She is also converting the data into a Word document so she can add…

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Strange Times 4 – Sports

October 20, 2020 | 2 Comments

This year certainly has been different for sporting events. Schedule changes, cancellations which were then uncancelled, and safety protocols (I’m pretty sure the word “bubble” has never been used as often as it has this year 😏). But I think the strangest, from a viewer’s perspective, is the audience – or the lack of an…

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