Category Archives: Vocabulary

States of the Union #4

States of the Union #4

Today I am continuing what will be a nine-part series covering all of the fifty States of the Union comprising the United States of America. I am a proud American, particularly regarding our remarkable history, so for nine consecutive Wednesdays each blog post will spotlight FIVE States (chosen at random). There will be some trivia,… CONTINUE READING…

States of the Union #3

States of the Union #3

Today I am continuing what will be a nine-part series covering all of the fifty States of the Union comprising the United States of America. I am a proud American, particularly regarding our remarkable history, so for nine consecutive Wednesdays each blog post will spotlight FIVE States (chosen at random). There will be some trivia,… CONTINUE READING…

States of the Union #2

States of the Union #2

Today I am continuing what will be a nine-part series covering all of the fifty States of the Union comprising the United States of America. I am a proud American, particularly regarding our remarkable history, so for nine consecutive Wednesdays each blog post will spotlight FIVE States (chosen at random). There will be some trivia,… CONTINUE READING…

States of the Union #1

States of the Union #1

This is a new series focusing on the fifty States of the Union comprising the United States of America. Despite the mess my beloved country in is these days, I am still a proud American, particularly regarding our remarkable history. So beginning today, and on the subsequent nine Wednesdays, each blog post will spotlight FIVE… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! M is for . . .

Vocabulary Rocks! M is for . . .

Continuing the quest to cover the alphabet! That may prove impossible due to the vast number of words in the English language, but I can try to find a few fascinating examples. For a list of all my archived posts covering the topic: VOCABULARY Milquetoast Milquetoast describes a “meek, mild-mannered, submissive person” and while not… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! Reduplication Ablaut Words

Vocabulary Rocks! Reduplication Ablaut Words

The repeating of parts of words to make new forms is called reduplication. There are various categories of reduplication words: rhyming, for example okey-dokey exact, for example wee-wee ablaut (vowel substitution), for example zig-zag The impetus for the coining of these seems to be nothing more than the enjoyment of wordplay. The words that make up… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! Reduplication Exact Words

Vocabulary Rocks! Reduplication Exact Words

The repeating of parts of words to make new forms is called reduplication. There are various categories of reduplication words: rhyming, for example okey-dokey exact, for example wee-wee ablaut (vowel substitution), for example zig-zag The impetus for the coining of these seems to be nothing more than the enjoyment of wordplay. The words that make up… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! Christmassy Words!

Vocabulary Rocks! Christmassy Words!

Of course I can’t allow this Christmas season to pass without researching a few more holiday-themed words. The previous entry into Vocabulary Rocks! for Christmas words was in 2019 and the link is: Vocabulary Rocks! Christmas Edition with etymology for the words advent, crèche, tinsel, frankincense and myrrh, tidings, and bauble. Here we go again… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! L is for….

Vocabulary Rocks! L is for….

Continuing the quest to cover the alphabet! That may prove impossible due to the vast number of words in the English language, but I can try to find a few fascinating examples. For a list of all my archived posts covering the topic: VOCABULARY Library No big surprises here, but how could I not include… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! Reduplication Rhyming Words

Vocabulary Rocks! Reduplication Rhyming Words

The repeating of parts of words to make new forms is called reduplication. There are various categories of reduplication words: rhyming, for example okey-dokey exact, for example wee-wee ablaut (vowel substitution), for example zig-zag The impetus for the coining of these seems to be nothing more than the enjoyment of wordplay. The words that make up… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! K is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! K is for…

Continuing the quest to cover the alphabet! That may prove impossible due to the vast number of words in the English language, but I can try to find a few fascinating examples. For a list of all my archived posts covering the topic: VOCABULARY Ketchup The Chinese invented ke-tsiap in the 1690s. It was a… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary ROCKS! Christmas Edition

Vocabulary ROCKS! Christmas Edition

I doubt any of these words associated with the Christmas season are unfamiliar, but often the meanings and origins of even the most common words can be fascinating and surprising. At least to me, an avowed vocabulary nut! Read on for Christmas fun facts and knowledge (Additional fuel to dazzle your holiday guests!) Advent The… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! J is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! J is for…

Carrying on in my search for unusual words and origins, time to tackle the letter J. More fascinating history lessons in etymology and strange words for your enjoyment! I LOVE vocabulary! For a list of all my archived posts covering the topic: VOCABULARY Java/Joe Java is a reference to the island of Java in Indonesia, a place… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! I is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! I is for…

Moving along in the alphabet to the letter I… more fascinating history lessons in etymology and strange words for your enjoyment! I LOVE vocabulary! For a list of all my archived posts covering the topic: VOCABULARY   Inglenook A delightful word I think all who visit my blog can easily relate to, even if we… CONTINUE READING…

Vocabulary Rocks! H is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! H is for…

Bringing y’all some more strange words with their etymology or origin stories. I love language! Today is the time for H. For a list of all my archived posts covering the topic: VOCABULARY Hackney and Hack Hackney comes from the Old French haquenée, meaning a gentle, riding horse, an ambling horse. It was adopted into English in the… CONTINUE READING…