Words are so much fun to play with. Why do I keep having to relearn this lesson?
In my politicians cheating post, I used the expression “not my first time at the rodeo.” That got me thinking about the origin stories of some of my favorite expressions. Let me take a moment to express my eternal gratitude to The Googles for their wisdom and their researching assistance. Having lived in a world… Continue reading Wordy Nerdy
I find it hilarious that an internet meme could inspire a blog post called “pretentious.” Recently I saw this bar joke plus grammar joke meme going around. The best part of this for me is the fact that I understood all of them! In the past, whenever I didn’t know something, I felt intimidated by… Continue reading Pretentious
I was thinking back on the post I wrote about the one vocabulary word from high school that I still remember ("virtually"), when I realized that that wasn't the only memorable vocabulary experience I had in school. In elementary school I was fortunate enough to be placed in a 5th/6th grade combo class as a… Continue reading Over Prepared
Years ago I was at a cocktail party when a woman came up to me and offered her hand. As we were shaking she said, "I was walking by and I heard you properly use 'fewer' in a sentence. That is so rare these days that I had to meet you." We had a delightful… Continue reading Grammar Pet Peeves
At the beginning of the year, I took the plunge and am back in school. Need I say that I'm loving it? I'm in school, I'm getting graded, AND I am learning really cool stuff ... grammar! Grammar Lab is the first class in a copyediting certificate program. It is awesome! Isn't it odd how… Continue reading Joys of English
I’m amazed by the number of things that I have learned that don’t take root right away. They are just little seeds floating around in my brain, presumed forgotten until all of a sudden they are front and center and acting like they’ve been there the whole time! I guess in that respect we are… Continue reading Delayed Light Bulb