Onomatopoeia – Things Sound As They Are

on·o·mat·o·poe·ia – ˌänəˌmadəˈpēə,ˌänəˌmädəˈpēə/ noun.  the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named. Examples are words such as cuckoo, sizzle. To make sure you fully grasp the concept, we invoke a song from Todd Rundgren’s 1978 Hermit of Mink Hollow album. It’s not everyone who can make a love song out of this concept, but Todd […]

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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis and Other Long Ten-dollar Words

Members of our staff have been accused by some of using many “ten-dollar words.” Ten-dollars words are large words that can be difficult to say and spell. As a result, most people will not understand what you are saying. Some say that is the value of education. Others think it makes someone look like an elitist jerk […]

Is it ‘named for’ or ‘named after’

In formal English, the phrase ‘named after’ is used to say how something got its name. But in informal English, the term “named for” is used. It’s clear from the context that the intent is the same. But which constitutes proper use?  In a society where communications have been reduced to 140 characters, casual conversation […]

Busy? Great … We’ve been busy too!

You may have missed a very interesting or highly entertaining post from answersjournal.com.  Here is a quick cross-section of recent articles we are sure you will enjoy: Beloved Mystery Writer Agatha Christie disappeared for real for a brief time and to this day, no one knows the real reasons why:  http://answersjournal.com/the-real-life-mystery-of-agatha-christie/ Website Celebrity Networth gives you […]

BOTTOM LINE: Where is the most expensive place to live?

You’re a billionaire looking for new digs. Since price is no limit, where do you get the biggest bang for the buck? You’re like the rest of us. If money was no object, where is the most expensive place to live? BOTTOM LINE: 520 Park Avenue in New York City has an opening for a […]

BOTTOM LINE: Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself?

BOTTOM LINE: Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself? Because you know it’s coming when you do it and when someone else does, it’s a surprise. Your cerebellum can predict sensations when your own movement causes them but not when someone else does. When you try to tickle yourself, the cerebellum predicts the sensation and this prediction […]