Mardi Gras!! How Does That Make You Feel?

Connotative vs Denotative Word Meanings Every word has one or several denotative meanings. These are the definitions of the word that appear in dictionaries. They are the direct, explicit meanings that are accepted by the speech authorities. But a very real barrier to effective communication…

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Word of the Week: Rectitude

Rectitude Righteously correct behavior or thinking. Righteousness. Straightness. Root: From the Latin word rectus.   In Latin this means “right or straight”. “Rectitude is a perpetual victory, celebrated not by cries of joy but by serenity, which is joy fixed or habitual.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Did…

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Understanding the ABCs of Abbreviating

Abbreviating has become common in both written and spoken English. These shortened forms of words and phrases are accepted as effective communication in both formal and informal situations.   “Abbreviation” is a generic term used for shortening our words.  But there are several specific types used in day to…

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Word of the Week: Resplendent

Resplendent Shining brilliantly; gleaming; splended Root: From the Latin word resplendere (re+splendere).   In Greek this means “to glitter or shine”. Did you know: There is a bird in South America named the Resplendent Quetzal. It was given this name because they’re are considered one of…

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The Power of the Exclamation Mark!

Once I believed that the exclamation mark (or exclamation point) was a very easy, straight forward type of punctuation. I remember Mrs. Ramsey, my 5th grade grammar teacher, educating us about four types of sentences, each having its own punctuation mark. Declarative – makes a…

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Word of the Week: Paradigm

Paradigm A typical example or pattern of something; a model. The generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time A set of linguistic items that form mutually exclusive choices in particular syntactic roles. Root: From the Greek word paradeiknunai.  In Greek this…