Words, Words, Words

Printing Press

August 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

I thought you’d like to see an old printing press. One of your fellow subscribers just bought a house and the seller left this for her! Surprise! Katie’s first challenge was to figure out what the heck it was! Now that she has discovered it is a printing press, she’s looking for a buyer :)….

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Waiting “For”

August 18, 2020 | 4 Comments

Could we all please agree that we are waiting for the virus vaccine, not waiting on the vaccine? We wait for a train (while waiting “on” the platform). I think I would need to be a gymnast to wait on the train (especially while it’s moving . . . ). We wait for our friends…

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Number or Numeral?

August 11, 2020 | 2 Comments

While we are on the discussion of upper and lower case letters and upper and lower case . . . wait! Is it numbers or numerals? I confess that I use the word “number” for everything, but after researching, I learned that I should choose the word “numeral” for most of my uses. Last week’s…

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Upper Case and Lower Case – the Roman Version

August 4, 2020 | 8 Comments

Last week, I talked about upper and lower case letters. This week, let’s consider an outline. We use upper case letters in an outline [A, B, C, etc.]. These letters are then generally followed by a period. For more detailed outlines, we add lower case letters [a, b, c, etc.]. I’ve seen these smaller letters…

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Upper Case and Lower Case Letters

July 14, 2020 | 2 Comments

The use of “upper case” and “lower case” when describing capital letters or “small” letters comes from the early printing days. Each letter was made into a block. The block letters were placed by hand in a row to make words that would be inked and then paper would be placed on top of the…

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“Ick”

July 7, 2020 | 8 Comments

I just read that the “ick” sound at the end of a word is spelled “ick” when that word has only one syllable, as is sick. When the word has more than one syllable, that same sound is spelled “ic,” as in psychic. Why this language has to be so confusing, I will never know…

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Homonym Funny

June 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Speaking of homonyms, check out this Note on a survey: “Steal Guardrail Overhead.” HAHA! Should I follow these instructions?

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Strange Times 3

June 16, 2020 | 6 Comments

All of this talk about a pandemic made me want to know more about its definition. “Demic” (or deme or demos from Greek) is often defined as a district. When you add the prefix “epi,” we find definitions that refer to a disease affecting many people but, again, on a somewhat localized basis, affecting a…

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Synonyms Question

June 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many of my adult literacy and GED students ask me when to use certain words. Some of them are native foreign language speakers; some are just puzzled about when to use a particular synonym. I’ll give you several examples over the next few months and YOU can help me come up with reasons why one…

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A Road By Any Other Name Would Be . . .

June 2, 2020 | 7 Comments

A street? What about an avenue, or a boulevard – a court, a drive, a lane, or a trail? Who decides what kind of “road” it is? As it turns out, there are rules that are (mostly) followed. I asked my transportation expert friend, Frank Consoli, for advice. Here is his response. “A ‘road’ is…

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