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  • Word Matrix: Vegete

    <vegete> “non-animal life ,” from Old French vegetable “living, fit to live,” directly from Medieval Latin vegetabilis “growing,...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMay 3, 2019
  • Not All Forms That Function as Adverbials Are Adverbs

    The other day I read a tweet that made some claims about adverbs: “The -s in “unawares,” as in “they were...

    English AdverbsHeather JohnsonMay 1, 2019
  • ‘The Dictionary of Difficult Words’ Book Review

    I have always loved words and enjoy learning new words all the time. As a kid, I would read the dictionary...

    ReviewsHeather JohnsonApril 28, 2019
  • C Is for Chicken Paper Plate Craft

    Paper plates are an inexpensive craft medium, especially for the littlest crafters. At a recent museum class for toddlers, my youngest...

    BlogHeather JohnsonApril 26, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Pink

    <pink> “pale red color” meaning “pale rose color” first recorded 1733 “small” from Dutch pink “small” Word Sums pink Pink +...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 18, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Yester

    <yester> “former, earlier, previous” from Old English geostran “yesterday” Words Sums Yester Yester + s = yesters Yester + Day =...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 16, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Somn

    <somn> “sleep” from somnus “sleep” Words Sums Somn + us = somnus Somn + o + G(e)n(e) = somnogen Somn +...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 15, 2019
  • Are ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Today’, and ‘Tomorrow’ Nouns or Adverbs?

    Are the words yesterday, today, and tomorrow adverbs or nouns? Oxford Living Dictionaries identifies all three words as an adverb first...

    English AdverbsHeather JohnsonApril 14, 2019
  • Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Singular and Plural

    I recently shared a photo across my social media accounts of the grammar textbook that I currently use with my oldest....

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 6, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Thaumate

    <thaumate> “wonder, astonishment, thing to look at, miracle,” from Greek thauma (genitive thaumatos), literally “a thing to look at,” from root...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 4, 2019