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The English language is constantly evolving, both the words we use and the rules that control the usage of those words.  Therefore, it is impossible to ever have a definitive grammar guide, or, if you will, a Complete Guide of American English.  And that’s our excuse.

 

 

Word of the Every So Often

October 16, 2018 

beldame:  (noun)  an old woman, especially an ugly one; a witch.  This year for Halloween, I'm going to dress up like a beldame.

 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Word of the Every So Often

Rubicon:  (noun)  a point of no return.  Having climbed the ladder of the high dive, Elisa realized she had reached the Rubicon when all the other kids started yelling, “Jump!  Jump!  Jump!”

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Cliché of the Week

That’s opening up a whole new can of worms.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Ye

“Ye” is something that we think people of old said.  It wasn’t.  “Ye” was a shortened form of “the” used by printers to make it easier to justify lines, back when the computer wouldn’t do it for you automatically, and you had to put all the letters in by hand.  It was not pronounced “yee,” but rather, “the,” just like it is today.  However, we’ve come to think that’s how they talked back in the way back.  Therefore, the only people who actually say “Ye” are people nowadays who think they’re sounding like how people used to talk.  (Bryson 13)

 

Work Cited

Bryson, Bill.  Made in America:  An Informal History of the English Language in the United States.  New York:  Avon Books, 1994.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Word of the Every So Often

immemorial:  (adj.)  from the distant past; ancient.  Since time immemorial, people have been misusing that word.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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 You know, I don't suppose spelling really does matter if all you're interested in is winning amateur night at the local strip club. 

 

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Word of the Every So Often

cognizant:  (adj.)  being aware; having knowledge.  Even our falling asleep did not make Sheila cognizant of just how truly boring she was.

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Another Deep Thought:

The hardest things not to believe are those which are almost true.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Word of the Every So Often

credence:  (noun)  the acceptance that something is true or believable.  Having us listen to all their albums gave credence to Credence Clearwater Revival’s being a great band.

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