Monthly Archive: December 2017

Dec 13

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Diaphanous

Diaphanous is defined as follows: “(1) Characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through. (2) Characterized by extreme delicacy of form: ethereal. (3) Insubstantial, vague. Machine Briefs: OPTION #1: diaphanous: DAOI/AF/N*US OPTION #2: diaphanous: DAOI/AF/A/N*US OPTION #3: diaphanous: DAOI/AF/FA/N*US

Dec 12

Rules Of Grammar: Pangram Sentence

A pangram sentence is a sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet. An example of a pangram sentence is the sentence that is often used in word processing programs, and other computer programs, to display the appearance of various font types: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Dec 12

I Love Steno Tuesday Trivia: How Often Are New Words Added To The Dictionary?

QUESTION: How Often Are New Words Added To The Dictionary? ANSWER: According to Grammarly, a new word is added into the dictionary every two hours. The grammar source states that, “During the course of the year, almost 4,000 new words are added.” WOW! How’s that for dictionary building? Who can keep up with that?

Dec 06

Walmart’s Nuanced Name Change (Be Sure To Amend Your Dictionary)

Today, Walmart announced that they will be officially changing their name from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to Walmart Inc. This change is reportedly going into effect on February 1, 2018. If, like me, you have Walmart hyphenated in your dictionary, be sure to change it. Love, Speed, and Accuracy, Elsie Villega

Dec 01

Rules Of Grammar: The Serial Comma

I, for one, am pro-serial comma. How about you?

Dec 01

2017’s Word Of The Year

According to Dictionary.com, the word of the year is “complicit.” Dictionary.com states that its word of the year, “serves as a symbol of the year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.” Complicit is defined as: “Choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.” Machine …

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Dec 01

Friday Phrases

pull over= PLOFR if I= FI if I ever= FIFR police report= PLORP police reports= PLORPS often the= OFNT often this= OFNTS black market= BLARKT seat belt= SBELT seat belts= SBELTS