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Note 295 – The Word Congruent

I seem to be coming across more and more words that I am unsure of lately, but then maybe I am looking out for them more (or just not dismissing as many).  Yesterday, I had to look up the word congruent which I actually couldn’t find in the Pocket Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus, but then … Continue reading

Note 294 – Rewriting is the essence of writing

Even though I like things to be clear and concise when I read them, I do love decluttering a piece of writing. I revel in sorting things out (a bit like a messy room – I love to plan my attack and get straight in!). Anyway, today I got to utilise this skill whilst rewriting … Continue reading

Note 293 – The Double Meaning of Utopia

Although the word utopia and eutopia sound the same, they have different meanings i.e. they are examples of homophones. The word utopia comes from the Greek word ou-topos which translates to ‘no place’ or ‘nowhere’ according to the British Library website. According to Wikipedia, the Greek translation for eu is “good” or “well” therefore eutopia means … Continue reading

Note 292 – The word exponential

Whenever I hear a word that I’m unsure about, I like to find out as much as I can about it, make up sentences in my mind and then try to explain it to others.  After looking up the word exponential at lunchtime, I have been playing around with it in my head and the best way that … Continue reading

Note 291 – Words Meaning Love (includes quiz)

Being Valentine’s day yesterday I thought I would dedicate this blog to words meaning love. It also seemed appropriate because I had a lovely surprise waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday – my partner and our two girls had prepared me a fantastic four-course meal. On the table were hearts, candles, … Continue reading

Note 290 – The word therein

I have used this word a few times recently so thought that it was about time I looked up the exact definition and found out if it should have a hyphen or not.  The free dictionary.com shows it with a hyphen ‘there-in’ and they define this adverb as follows: In that place, time, or thing. In that … Continue reading

Note 287 – Comparing complement and compliment

Complement and compliment can be used as either nouns or verbs. On Wikipedia, the word compliment is defined as “An expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement”. It is not to be confused with complement which means “to complete, to bring to perfection, to make whole” (source: Wiktionary.org). Notice how the following two sentences are different: … Continue reading

Note 286 – How writers can benefit from stressful situations

Do you write down your thoughts when feeling stressed or angry? Not only can this process make you feel better, but when you read your notes back you may find gold nuggets of inspiration which can be used in a writing piece to help others too. Stressful and difficult situations can influence you into writing … Continue reading

Note 285 – How would you write the words ‘shock horror’?

I was going to write the words ‘shock horror’ in my blog yesterday but hesitated as I didn’t know if it was hyphenated, separated by a comma or just two separate words. The Cambridge dictionary defines it as “an expression used when you are pretending to feel very shocked by a piece of news” and shows … Continue reading

Note 284 – Have you got a secret blog editor?

Have you ever revisited one of your own blog posts and even though you know that you read it through several times before posting it, you find a mistake – only a teeny-weeny one, but a mistake nevertheless?  Alternatively, it may get pointed out by ‘Mr Smug’. So, apart from the obvious things like using spellchecker or going back … Continue reading

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