A WORD MEANS JUST WHAT I CHOOSE IT TO MEAN by HUMPTY DUMPTY

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.' 'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.' 'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.' Alice was too … Continue reading A WORD MEANS JUST WHAT I CHOOSE IT TO MEAN by HUMPTY DUMPTY

BALLS, NERVE, AND חוצפה – Marilyn Armstrong

"You're one tough broad," my friend told me. I recognized this as a compliment. Maybe you have to come from New York or New Jersey to "get it," but I got it. "Tough" includes brave, determined, and hard to kill. A survivor with חוצפה  (chutzpah). I've heard "moxie" used in old British and American movies, … Continue reading BALLS, NERVE, AND חוצפה – Marilyn Armstrong

WORDS AND WILDLIFE – Marilyn Armstrong

I have no doubt my dogs think. They don't have as long a memory as people and I don't think they get into nostalgia or reminiscing, but they plan. They will work together to accomplish a particular goal. Like opening a gate, dismembering a toy, or opening a door. No doubt they would hunt together … Continue reading WORDS AND WILDLIFE – Marilyn Armstrong

LOVING WORDS AND KNOWING HOW TO USE THEM – Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s Provocative Question #51 If people find typos or grammatical, punctuation, spelling, or usage errors in your posts, do you welcome having them pointed out to you, or do you resent it. As a blogger do you let people know about such mistakes or do you just let them go? There was a time when … Continue reading LOVING WORDS AND KNOWING HOW TO USE THEM – Marilyn Armstrong

PASS THE SANDPAPER. I’M BUFFING. – Marilyn Armstrong

Buff has lately come to mean "handsome guy." For me, it's wood finishing. Especially the kind of sandpaper or buffing cloth I need to get the wood as silky as I can. I used to do a lot of that sort of thing before my son grew up and took away all my tools because … Continue reading PASS THE SANDPAPER. I’M BUFFING. – Marilyn Armstrong

BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA VERSUS RAPIER WIT – Marilyn Armstrong

The English language has more than 200,000 "official" words in its dictionary and probably another twenty thousand or so unofficial, idiomatic, or regional words used by specific groups which have meanings yet to reach a dictionary. There is nothing you cannot say in English using real words. If you are living in an English-speaking country, … Continue reading BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA VERSUS RAPIER WIT – Marilyn Armstrong

LETTERS OR NUMBERS: CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letters or Numbers My husband takes pictures of signs and other posts. He says it's a carryover from shooting news stories. If you shot a sign which said where you were, it was easier to remember, especially because he often shot multiple stories in a single day. I've sort of picked up … Continue reading LETTERS OR NUMBERS: CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong