The etymology of a word is not its definition; rather, it refers to the study of a word’s origin and how its usage has changed and developed. For instance, the word etymology is derived from a Greek word: etymon, which means “the true sense” and the suffix -ology, which indicates the study of a particular branch of knowledge.
While a word’s usage and meaning can dramatically change over time, understanding where our language comes from is useful and important.
Knowing root words and understanding the meanings of prefixes and suffixes will increase your vocabulary by helping you to identify words that are unfamiliar to you.
A large majority of the words in our language have Greco-Roman roots. Let’s look at the word encephalitis. The prefix en- means “in,” the word cephalo- is a Latin root meaning “brain, head, skull,” and the suffix -itis shows that something is… Continue reading
How many times have you read someone’s status update on a social media site and wondered about their egregious use of that little hash mark at the top of the writing space–the apostrophe? Lately, it seems that people strew them about like leaves in fall! Let’s lessen the confusion and have a quick refresher on the subject.
An apostrophe serves three purposes:
- It shows possession.
- It shows where letters have been omitted, as in a contraction.
- It shows a plural only where otherwise the plural would be confusing to a reader.
- The cat’s whiskers are long. (One cat has long whiskers on its face.)
- The cats’ whiskers are long. (There are more than one cats sitting here, and they all have long whiskers on their faces!)
- The cats had long whiskers. (No apostrophe needed; the thing owned noun is not immediately following the one who owns it noun.)
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I had a great time doing an author interview, along with a mini photo shoot, this weekend here in the forests of Colorado Springs! My nephew works for a local TV news station in the city and is great with interviews, as well as being a professional behind the camera. He shot some footage of me while conducting an author interview and will be editing it for website and YouTube viewing. We also had a photographer taking some updated shots of me for later use. Check back soon to see the results!
Also, today is my birthday! Thank you all for your birthday wishes!
Thanksgiving, Past and Present
Most of us know that the Indians, the Wampanoag tribe, helped save the first pilgrims from starvation. Something you might not be aware of is that only 3 Indians were invited to come to the pilgrims first harvest festival, one being the chief and the other two, his assistants who spoke the English language. Instead, the chief brought 90 others and three days worth of food, resulting in a 3-day feast.
I am thankful to those Native Americans who gave so much to their English brothers. And to all who have made this country a great place to live. I am ever grateful for my wonderful family, friends, and readers that continue to bless my life each and every day. Let us all remember our blessings not only today, but each day of the year, and give back to those in need, whether physical, emotional, or… Continue reading