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The Words of 2014: Word of the Year Awards Really Surprised Me!

The English language is never dormant. With over 350 million people speaking it as their first language and another 400+ million non-native speakers of English, it can’t help but be constantly in flux. Several different organizations get together annually to … Continue reading

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Do You Know What ‘Sparrow Fart’ Means?

I’ve always been intrigued by words. Can’t say I always use, spell or pronounce them correctly, but that’s never stopped me from trying out a new one. I recently bought Paul Dickson’s new book, “ Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers”. … Continue reading

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Good Grief! Oxymorons Once Again!

Oxymorons (a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings per Merrima- Webster Dictionary) abound in everyday speech. Here’s a few that I have com across recently: Painless Dentistry– Yep. I guess novocaine helps a bit but getting … Continue reading

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“We Must Hurry”, Tom Said Swiftly: Tom Swifties

A Tom Swifty is a phrase in which the adverb is a pun that links back to the rest of the sentence. Huh? See examples below and send us some more! “I do too have Jedi powers!” Tom said forcefully. … Continue reading

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Man Bites Dog Card Game Stars on ” Live w/ Kelly and Michael”

We were scratching our heads trying to figure out why we suddenly had so much interest in “Man Bites Dog” one of the family games we offer. Didn’t take much sleuthing to find out that it had been featured on … Continue reading

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Plenty o’ Puns

Pun noun[puhn]- A play on words; the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize its different meanings or the use of words that are alike (or nearly alike) in sound but different in meaning. I stayed up … Continue reading

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Tom Swifties: Wordplay Continued

Several months back we posted our Tom Swifties blog post on our Facebook page. Who knew so many of our Facebook friends were rapid punsters? Here’s some of their Tom Swifties: “I don’t own a BB Gun,” Tom said lackadaisically. … Continue reading

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Acronyms- AWHFY*?

An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of other words. Perhaps the best example is the word radar which is formed from radio detecting and ranging. Get it? Here’s some common ones: SNAFU- situation normal all *@#$*%ed … Continue reading

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