Monthly Archives: December 2009

Weekly Vocab Builder

This week’s list is a hodgepodge of words not often used. Try one out! Recalcitrant: stubbornly resistant Fatuous: foolish, silly Deipnosophist: one fluent in small talk Hoptoad: the act of a train hopping of the rails. You can also get … Continue reading

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Making Fewer Mistakes, Not Less

Why do we say: We have less money to buy fewer groceries. Instead of: We have less money to buy less groceries. Or: We have fewer money to buy less groceries. Because grammar, the mechanics of language, matters. Said Melissa … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

Some uncommon words to enliven your writing: Sojourner: a visitor; a traveler who stays somewhere for a short time Aha moment:  epiphany; a moment of intellectual discovery Punctilious: meticulous; taking note of small details Forfend: to forbid; also to protect … Continue reading

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Dash It All

Hyphens, and Em-dashes, and En-dashes, Oh My! Hyphens and dashes are common pieces of punctuations that can really improve your writing—if you know how to use them. Hyphens can show relationship between words and numbers. Em-dashes can lend your writing … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

This week’s list of words is a short one, but I think they’re worth your effort: Skullduggery: deception, fraud, subterfuge. Jack-up: a drilling rig used offshore; also an increase, as in price Eviscerate: to disembowel; to take away a vital … Continue reading

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Are You a Grammar Ninja?

Sometimes one grammar quiz just isn’t enough. OK, maybe if you’re a grammar geek like me, one isn’t enough, but it’s probably more than enough for the rest of the world. Still, sometimes you need to brush up on your … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

One of the things I love about words is how they can sometimes take on a personality that mirrors their definitions. I found this poem in one of my son’s poetry books recently that exemplifies this idea: Jittery seems a … Continue reading

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