Category Archives: Language

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day

This is today’s  Word of the Day from Merriam-Webster, which you can receive by email. I like the quote comparing spoken sentences to cats landing on their feet:

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Eutzly Miscellany

This gallery contains 4 photos.

Originally posted on Eutzly the Goat:
? Eutzly died one month ago today. I herewith offer a photo miscellany in his memory. ?


M-W Palimpsest Etymology

I love the Merriam-Webster word of the day email. Today’s rings close to my heart because I am a calligrapher and lover of paper and pens. (I need a break from all the environmental news.)

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Irish Every Day of the Year

Originally posted on Woolgathering and Widdershins:
I couldn’t resist jumping into a heated newsroom discussion last week. One person argued against photographing Irish dancers because the photo would go in the paper after St. Patrick’s Day. That’s what got my…

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Putting a fine point on it

Originally posted on Woolgathering and Widdershins:
When I began reading “How To Sharpen Pencils” this week, I felt sure that author David Rees was turning my crank. Rees begins his little pencil-yellow book with “The Pencil Sharpener’s Tool Kit,” listing,…

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A Bantam Book of Words

The little book sitting beside my laptop is not a Bantam, as in the paperback brand; it is a bantam, a smaller version of a larger book, in this case The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, the mass-market paperback edition published by Pocket … Continue reading

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Fountain Pens and writing technique

This is a good article about fountain pens versus ballpoints and the decline of cursive: I had to change my way of writing when I started using fountain pens, having pushed too hard for many years when writing with … Continue reading

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