Language is an art. You can make it say anything you want it to. Fiction and non-fiction, they just work a little differently. Fiction can be anything you can imagine and manage to describe to readers. Non-fiction relies on explanations. But writers can play with words and make them say or sell anything. I read … Read more
A chance to learn some new words. I like the opposite of deja vu, jamais vu. When would you ever use it in conversation? But, it is interesting to know. What’s the opposite of disgruntled? Chances are you’re thinking the answer should rightly be gruntled—but is that really a word you recognize? The problem here … Read more
My Mom forwarded this to me in email: Heteronyms…Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning.A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.You think English is easy? I think a retired English teacher was bored…THIS IS GREAT!Read all the way to the end…This took a lot of work to … Read more
Dear Firefox, Thank you for an update to the Firefox web browser. I am downloading it even as I type, actually it just finished. When I first went to the link I was offered to see the page in my language. That’s nice, I thought. Only… you skipped my language. I can understand having English … Read more
Bill Casselman researches and writes about Canadian language and words. What words, sayings and language are unique or often heard where you are? You can even listen to what your own family tends to say.
This was a word sent out in a newsletter by a writer, for writers: who’re. I had to look twice. I thought it was whore for a spilt second. But that didn’t use the punctuation and it made no sense in the sentence. Who’re, on the other hand, is not a word. Not a real … Read more
Wikipedia: Apophenia Wikipedia: Pareidolia Wikipedia: Synchronicity Flickr: Pareidolia – Pareidolia is when a vague or random image is perceived as recognizable. This group is for those pictures that look just like real life objects, but it’s all in your head. Flickr: Apophenia – Do you see hidden patterns, textures, and images within other images.
Little Free Library Five Easy Steps to a Little Free Library in Your Neighbourhood 1. Identify a location and steward. 2. Decide if you want to: Order a complete Little Library or kit from our online catalogue. Build it Yourself. Make it official!.Get plans and instructions. “Endow” for someone else (tax deductible!). Support Books for … Read more
Where it began is up for debate. But, the consensus seems to be that International CAPS LOCK Day was started in 2000 by Derek Arnold. There is an “Official” site. It’s colourful. I found this blog, CAPS LOCK DIABLOG, which had written a tribute to CAPS LOCK: On October 22nd, will you leave your CAPS … Read more
What are your thoughts about spelling: traditional or mutable? Consistent spelling was a great way to ensure clarity in the print era. But with new technologies, the way that we write and read (and search and data-mine) is changing, and so must spelling. Instead of trying to get the letters right with imperfect tools, it … Read more