Tag Archives: Language

A Decent Vocabulary Will Go A Long Way

A Decent Vocabulary Will Go A Long Way

I don’t know about you, but I really love language.  There is nothing quite as satisfying as being able to choose the exact right word for a given situation, and, thanks to the lovely internet, I come across new words to add to my ever-expanding vocabulary every day. I thought, I’d create a new Thursday special feature with cool words.

Why Thursday? I keep getting “Thor’s Day” and “Castiel the angel of Thursday” stuck in my head…nearly every week, so Thursday needed a special feature. (It really could be worse. I promise. How would you pick a day?)Plus, it is the day before the week ends, and everybody needs a bit of an intellectual boost to get through Friday, right?

Today’s word (duh duh dun):

petrichor

Yes, I had to pick a word that I first heard in a Doctor Who.  I couldn’t resist.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

 

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Things That Drive Me Nuts…Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes

I grew up with The Comma Queen.  Grammar mistakes were often met with glib sayings that have stayed with me, (and end up uttered whenever faced with a opportunity similar situation) apparently, for life.  Did things like this ever happen to you?

Examples

Question: Where is the insert whatever you’re trying to find here at?
Answer: Somewhere before the “at”.

Question: Are you done yet?
Answer: I am not a turkey.  I will be finished in a moment.

This upbringing contributed to a healthy dislike of the misuse of the English language.  Not saying I’m never…as correct as I possibly could have been.  I have to think really hard about the difference between “lay” and “lie”, “who” and “whom”, and “affect” and “effect.”  Thank goodness for Mental Floss.  John Green talks about common grammar and spelling mistakes in this video.

This is my contribution to making social media a little less annoying.  Hopefully, yours too.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

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