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The word cogitate

A couple of months ago I wrote a post on the word loquacious and said how much I liked the sound of the word.  A reader recently commented on that post (thank you) and said that they liked the sound of the word cogitate.  Having not used that word before, I looked it up. I agree, it’s quite a … Continue reading

Note 366 – Happy 1st Blogiversary…Writing challenge complete!

I’ve made it to 366 days!  Today is the final day of my Writing challenge and thanks to the leap year, I have an extra day to fill!  I’ve been planning my final few posts for a week or so now and whilst preparing Note 357 – The approach to taking time off from your daily blog, … Continue reading

Note 365 – Thanking blog readers and supporters (1 day to go…)

Writing was something that I used to keep to myself in the form of journals and I have many going back as far as age four.  It’s only in the last three years that I have started sharing what I write with others, and how wonderful it is to receive comments on topics that I thought wouldn’t have been of … Continue reading

Note 362 – Seeing human errors as learning opportunities

The way I would I describe a human error is one that is made by a person rather than a computer (or similar); however, I’m not sure that’s the right definition. From my research today, there are many explanations of the expression human error. I like About.com‘s definition which is “when a person makes a … Continue reading

Note 359 – The word loquacious

Whilst watching a television quiz show at the weekend, the contestant was being asked the meaning of the word loquacious.  Out of the three options on the screen, I picked the answer ‘nearby’!  The correct answer was in fact ‘talkative’.  Merriam Webster online dictionary defines loquacious as: Full of excessive talk: wordy Given to fluent or excessive talk According to … Continue reading

Note 358 – Comparing morale and moral

A work colleague kindly left a comment to tell me that I had used the word morale instead of moral in Note 353 – Is it ‘formally’ or ‘formerly’? (I could have kicked myself, but thank you!).   The sentence I originally wrote was: “The morale of the blog is:..” which of course should have been “The moral of … Continue reading

Note 355 – Is earnt or earned the correct spelling?

Before reading on or looking it up, which word would you use: earnt or earned?  After posting Note 354 yesterday, spellchecker made me consider changing the word earnt to earned and I was in two minds whether to or not, so left it.  I assumed that earned and earnt were two forms of the past tense of … Continue reading

Note 353 – Is it ‘formally’ or ‘formerly’?

The word formally was underlined in the spell check just after I posted Note 352 yesterday, and it prompted me to change it to formerly so I quickly did (unfortunately without thinking). Whilst typing this blog today and running myself down thinking that I had spelt something wrong, I have now realised that I actually … Continue reading

Note 350 – Time flies when you are having fun

A colleague said this to me at the end of a busy day last week. Knowing that this is a very popular phrase, I thought that I’d look up its origin on the way home.  After scribbling down some notes, it gave me an idea for today’s post.  The term time flies is “used to mean that time passes … Continue reading

Note 349 – Is it spelt accidentally or accidently?

Before you read on, which do you think is the correct spelling: accidentally or accidently?  I hope no one spotted the accidental misspelling of the word accidentally in yesterday’s post (Note 348 – Accidentally overwriting blog posts) before I changed it.  This is apparently a commonly misspelt word of which I am guilty of unfortunately (not anymore though!). Although I now know … Continue reading

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