Once in a while, a TV commercial stays with me. More often than not, I’m sorry to admit, it’s because the commercial gets on my nerves. When I tell you which commercial is annoying me the most these days, you might be surprised! I am a big fan of poetry, and one of my favorite American poets is Walt Whitman. So, you might … Read More Unexpectedly Afoot
A reminder to be mindful
I recently came across this short article in Time: a great reminder to dot i’s and cross t’s, with respect to vocabulary.
Playing with words
If William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and the general public can invent words, why can’t you? You CAN! I most often notice the need for new words when I’m playing Words With Friends. Of course, my words might never officially be welcomed into the English language or into the pantheon of words accepted in Words With Friends or Scrabble; still, I don’t let that stop … Read More Playing with words
When English vocabulary isn’t adequate
The English language includes many fantastic words, and this is because of the efforts that millions of people have made over hundreds of years to express ideas clearly and creatively. When we compare our native language with other languages, though, we sometimes realize areas in which our native language could use some improvement. It’s hard to know what we’re missing if we don’t even … Read More When English vocabulary isn’t adequate
My students often explain to me that the reason that Shakespeare’s writing is somewhat challenging to understand is that he wrote in “Old English.” They are skeptical, incredulous, nay, even horrified when I tell them that he wrote not in Old English, nor even Middle English, but Modern English! Now, of course, Shakespeare’s Modern English was early Modern English—but it was Modern English, nonetheless. … Read More Shakespearean contributions