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Note 277 – The occasional misspelling of occasionally

Image by Intiaz Rahim via Flickr I don’t know why I hesitate before writing the word occasionally (there – I did it again!).  The correct spelling has just not stuck in all these years; if I could just remember that it’s got two ‘c’s, I would know that one ‘s’ followed.  On research, this isn’t one that’s been blogged about much, … Continue reading

Note 273 – What’s the longest word in the English Language?

If someone asked me to think of a long word, I’d probably say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious; however, I’ve only heard it used in a song in the Mary Poppins film so I don’t know if that counts.  I think it’s about time I learnt another one.  Time for some research… Wikipedia say that the longest word in most English … Continue reading

Note 268 – Epistemology: the study of knowledge

According to the Collins English Dictionary, the word epistemology is the “study of the source, nature and limitations of knowledge”.  Wikipedia say that it comes from the “Greek words epistēmē, meaning ‘knowledge, science’, and logos, meaning ‘study of’”.  A Scottish philosopher called James Frederick Ferrier introduced the term in the 19th century. defines epistemology … Continue reading

Note 258 – Using a kaizen approach to your writing

Yesterday I stumbled upon the word kaizen whilst listening to a motivational audio programme by Tony Robbins called Lessons in Mastery. He explained that kaizen is a continuous improvement process used by the Japanese, which we can also apply to our daily lives.  It made me want to learn more as I was sure I could apply this to … Continue reading

Note 251 – The prefix ‘omni’ and related words

I came across the word omniscient today which is not a word I’ve seen before, but once I started my research I realised that there are many words that begin with omni.  So, I’ll begin with that definition. Omni- (the combining form of the Latin word omnis) means ‘all’ or ‘every’ according to Wikipedia and is used to form compound words such … Continue reading

Note 242 – Definition and Use of the Latin Word [Sic]

Sic is an adverb first seen in English in the mid 19th century, translating to ‘intentionally so written’ according to Wikipedia.  It comes from the Latin adverb sīc meaning ‘thus’, ‘as such’ or ‘in such a manner’ and is pronounced as sick, although Wikipedia suggests that “its Latin ancestor is pronounced more like the English word seek“.  The word sic usually … Continue reading

Note 241 – Origami: The Art of Folding Paper

I didn’t realise how magical the art of folding paper was until I opened the book that I bought my daughters for Christmas – it’s called Origami for Children by Mari and Roshin Ono. The book contains 35 projects and a pack of very pretty paper for making the objects. We made a box this … Continue reading

Note 240 – The spelling of yuletide and its definition

Before writing this today, I checked the Google AdWords tool to see what the competition and frequency was for the word yuletide.  Did you know that almost as many people search for yule tide or yule-tide (33,100 global monthly searches) as they do the combined word yuletide (40,500 glogal monthly searches).  The word jul had an even bigger monthly search … Continue reading

Note 239 – The word ‘Humbug’ and the term ‘Bah Humbug’

It’s Christmas Day and I want to spend time with my family, but staying true to my writing challenge, I will still provide a blog for you today – but it will be a short one.  I thought I would find out a little bit about the term Bah Humbug.  This is the character Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous … Continue reading

Note 233 – The meaning of the phrase ‘keep schtum’

If someone asked you to keep schtum, it would mean that they didn’t want you to say anything as it might get you into trouble. According to schtum possibly comes from the German word stumm meaning silent. state that the German word stumm is of Yiddish origin (1950s).  They also explain that schtum (or shtum) can be an adjective … Continue reading

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