Archive for Grammar

Words with Friends Word Play: What the Heck Is Dak?

| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

I prefer games of Words with Friends when my opponent’s word scores stay below 20 … OK, I’d prefer below 10 points per word. You can imagine my chagrin when a so-called friend scored 26 points for “dak.”

Things Are Looking Up. Yes, You Can End Your Sentence with a Preposition

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Have you ever been lectured on “proper grammar” only to think, “Who talks like that? This can’t be right.” You may have been onto something. Perhaps your English teacher didn’t have all of the answers.

Words with Friends Word Play: Anticar – Another Non-word

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Scrabble Finder, which uses the official Tournament and Club Word List (the official Scrabble dictionary used for Scrabble tournaments in the US and Canada), cannot find a definition for “anticar,” but for some reason still considers it a word. This is crazy!

Words with Friends Word Play: ZA – I Think I’m Offended

| March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last week, I discussed “mucosae.” And, although I have no use for this word, I can see that it is a real word that may be used by those in the medical community, scientists, and researchers. However, it is difficult to believe that anyone actually uses the word “za” as it is defined.

Words with Friends Word Play: Mucosae

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Imagine my surprise when I opened a new Words with Friends game to find my friend had started with “mucosae.” It didn’t matter that Words with Friends granted “mucosae” word status; I had to check it out for myself.

Words with Friends Word Play: XI – It’s a Letter Game

| February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Let’s face it – getting an “x” in Words with Friends can be a blessing or a curse. It’s a blessing for the added points. It’s a curse if you don’t have a place to put it. In today’s installment of the Words with Friends Word Meaning Series, we give you one more options with “xi.”

Words with Friends Word Play: Bitter over Ragee

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

After placing “rage” on my Words with Friends board, I realized I needed one more letter to utilize the triple-word score, but I didn’t have a “d” or an “s.” That’s how “ragee” became featured in today’s installment of the Words with Friends Word Meaning Series.

Words with Friends Word Play: Energy of Qi

| February 8, 2013 | 1 Comments

The first time I used “qi” while playing Words with Friends, I was excited to use my “q” without a “u,” but a little part of me wondered what it meant. In today’s installment of the Words with Friends Word Meaning Series, we tackle “qi.

Word Play: What Do Those Words with Friends Words Mean?

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I admit it: I am a Words with Friends player. But I often wonder, “That’s a word? What the heck does it mean?” Here’s the first installment of Words with Friends Word Meaning Series. Today’s word: aa.

The Birth of a Grammar Snob

| January 14, 2011 | 1 Comments

My mother was a kick-ass secretary. She was all about proper grammar in writing. I often heard her complain about the writing skills of some of the engineers for whom she worked. Growing up, I knew that my school work should not have grammatical errors. It was just “sloppy” work. No matter what job I [...]

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