Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keeping Up with the English Language

The dictionary is G R O W I N G again!
Here are a few words and phrases that have been added recently (as entries or sub-entries). I've put each in a sentence so you can figure out the meaning.

When you write, it's OK to use words above the reading level of your reader, but make sure your sentence gives a clue to its meaning.

Misha got a brain cramp from studying her multiplication flash cards.
I'm not a vegetarian because I occasionally eat meat; therefore, I am a flexitarian.
Devon never understood how cloud computing invisibly saved names in her address book.
Dad's man cave has a big screen TV and the best stereo system in the whole house.
The mashup between "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol and "Every Breath You Take" by the Police is one of Kayla's favorites.
During geocaching, the family used their car's GPS to locate a hidden box filled with treasure.
Michael tried to convince the principal that his school cafeteria was an obesogenic place to eat.

Have you come across new words that you like?
What are they, and do you use them mostly in speech, or in your writing, too?

Peace Out,

Thursday, September 20, 2012

To Spell or Misspell

Do you have words that bug you? When you write them down and look at them, are you convinced you have misspelled them?
This happens to me all the time.
Some words, like those below, should be etched into my brain by now, but every now and then I look at them and think, Wait, is that the right way to spell that?
For example:
monarch (I feel like there should be an "e" at the end...)
reluctant (To "c" or not to "c"...)
fortunate (I really want there to be an "e" after the "n"...)
definite (This just looks wrong...)

But all of the above words are spelled the right way!

Click HERE for the 100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English.

Now, take a look at the words below. Decide which is the correct spelling, then scroll way down for the answer.
mileage or milage
linage or lineage
committee or commitee
committment or commitment
acreage or acrage
provalone or provolone
onomatopoeia or onomatapoeia
travelled or traveled
cancelled or cancelled
likeable or likable

CANCELLED or CANCELED (Cancellation always has the double "l".)

Did you get these right? What words are hard for you to spell?

See you next Thursday!
: )
 (Most of the days of the week are easy to spell!)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hello, Again!

I hope you had a wonderful summer, and you're off to a good start in this new school year!

Remember last spring when I asked you to open the dictionary and discover a random new word every day? Did you? I hope so because I have found a site where you can play a game to prove to me that you did! (Not really, but I got your attention, didn't I? *smirk*)


There are questions on Free Rice that are related to a bunch of topics. THIS LINK takes you to a page about vocabulary and you can pick the level that seems right for you. (On the site, look at the bottom of the green box for the words, Change Level.) I suggest the easiest one. You answer the question and a new one comes up.

Want to know the very BEST part? For every right answer, rice is donated to hungry people across the world. Cool, huh? Who would've thought that knowlege could be so helpful to others?

Give it a try! I did and donated 500 grains of rice in less than 5 minutes!

Oh, by the way, you don't have to Log In to play. That's only if you want to keep track.

See you next Thursday!
: )

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Do I Have Rocks in my Head?

While you are waiting for WIT to begin again in just

Ever wonder about my writing life? Well, apparently the wonderful people who publish the magazine Philadelphia Stories and run Philadelphia's Push to Publish Conference were curious, so they interviewed me. I will be part of this conference that takes place October 13th. Wearing an editor's hat, I'll be helping aspiring writers improve their stories. Wearing my children's writer hat, I'll be part of a panel talking about writing for children. Truth is, all these hats are invisible, but I bet you figured that out already.

Anyway, here's a link to the interview.

PUSH TO PUBLISH - Meet the Expert - Nancy Viau