Tag Archives: enjoyment

Gratitude

Gratitude. Noun: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Yes, I realise it’s been overdone a bit recently, but this morning I woke and was filled with it. You see, I’d slept for eight … Continue reading

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Writers get together at writers’ get-together

Every month I attend a Meetup group called Shut Up and Write (or Edit). I was introduced to the group by my friend Janet Reid, she’s a published author who writes for children and young adults. The Meetup’s held at … Continue reading

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Rhymes times English equals incomprehension

Recently I saw a limerick on a Facebook page. It goes something like this: A gentleman farmer from Slough Attached his horse to a plough. The spavined old beast Abruptly deceased So he fixed the plough to his cough. If English … Continue reading

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Lorn (no, not lawn)

Lorn: from the Old English lēosan (no, I have no idea how it should be pronounced) through Middle English lese to the word we use now. On its own it means forsaken, desolate, bereft. It’s archaic meaning: lost, ruined, undone. … Continue reading

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Milling, dogs, and other animals

Yes, yes, I know. I’ve been very slack, very remiss; haven’t posted for a while. Blame it on Bluesfest, why don’t you. I am still reminiscing… Anyway, here we go. Soon my conscience will be assuaged! The word ‘mill’ comes from … Continue reading

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Snakes and ladders

‘Whoa!’ he exclaimed, jumping backwards; for there, curled up in the box with the coils of  nails for his nail gun, was a large amount of snake. It was russet-brown, beautiful, slender, muscular and very much alive—if a little sleepy. … Continue reading

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Food Fun and Fighting with Fruit (flies)

Are you a foodie? Am I a foodie? I know I love to eat. I’m in the ‘live to eat’ camp rather than ‘eat to live’. Aren’t we the lucky ones? Makes me feel a bit guilty. Anyway, I thought … Continue reading

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A bedraggled rapscallion

Oh, words are bliss for word nerds. I love words, in case you’d not realised, and I was thinking about some particularly (to me) attractive ones. There’s no accounting for taste, they say. Bedraggled Bedraggle (early 18thC) is, apparently, a word … Continue reading

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Phobias

With Halloween approaching I thought I might look into what scares the living daylights out of some people. This was an enjoyable exercise, although I understand that if you are a sufferer of any of them, it most certainly wouldn’t … Continue reading

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POR, PRO, PUR—PREFIXES AGAIN

Why the different spelling? Well, truth be told, because I’m not an etymologist (that’s for my next life, if I get to choose) I’m not sure, although all these prefixes come to us via Latin and Greek and they all … Continue reading

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