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Too Many Misses

A Misunderstanding Of Misses Miss B Gotten misbehaved And by misadventure, had a close shave. Miss Cue misconstrued Miss D Meanor’s mishandling, A misconception misleading to misappropriate misgivings. Miss Ann Thrope, who misspent her youth in misprinting in ink, Later … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Mean That

We all know the word automobile, though it mayn’t be the one we now use. But have you looked, really looked, at that word? Auto-mobile. Self-moving. Really? And I thought that was only in the futuristic worlds of the sci-fi writer. … Continue reading

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Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Like all writers words cast a spell upon me, a fascination. But, I swear, I didn’t go looking for hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. It found me. But it started me thinking. This is the result. For the writer words are his wattle and … Continue reading

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To Will or To Shall

image from wikipedia Foreign student: “This will and this shall confuses we. Please to explain when which we ought use.” EFL teacher: “It is simple. Shall is used to denote a future intent.” (A week later, in class) EFL teacher: … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Words 2

What distinguishes man from woman? The word ‘distinguish’ comes from Latin distinguere = to mark with a prick. I say nothing.

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Thoughts on Words 1

Is a degree an old agreement now removed? And is an accord no longer a cord? And is discord a cord that’s now untangled? Then what’s a misericord? Your favourite distressed cord-jeans?

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