As I mentioned in my last post, we recently moved our kids back to college. For my husband and I, this was a given. We have helped move both of our kids in and out of dorm rooms and apartments since their freshmen years. It’s not that we enjoy carrying stuff up and down stairs, especially in the Florida heat, but for us, it’s important to be there for our […]
Have you ever wondered why we can be discombobulated but not combobulated? Or how about why we can be disgruntled, but not gruntled? If so, then we have something in common! We’re both word nerds. Be proud! For an interesting look at lonely negative words (negative words with no positive or neutral counterpart), check out this article from one of my fave magazines, Mental Floss.
Ever wondered where OK came from? Or for that matter, is the correct spelling really “okay” and just “OK” for short? Or is it o.k. or O.K.? These are things that I’ve wondered about. I know, I know. But I can rationalize it since I write and edit for a living, so it’s all good. Anyhoo, back to the origins of OK. Here’s a hint: It started as a joke […]
So, last night, my husband complimented the chicken I made for dinner and remarked that it was nice and moist. Moist. Ugh. That got us started on a conversation about words that sound like just what they mean and also words that I just. don’t. like. Call it serendipity (or don’t, no one’s forcing you), but today I came across an article on word aversions featuring the word moist. Turns […]