Monthly Archive: December 2017

Dec 30

2017 Dictionary Challenge- Finished In The Nick Of Time

2017 Dictionary 1

With about 48 hours to spare, I finished my dictionary goal for 2017. Yesterday, after three years, I was able to finally complete entering all of the words from, “The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary of The English Language” A-Na Volume. This book is the first volume of a two-volume set. After lugging my dictionary …

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Dec 30

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Spiel

“Spiel” is a noun defined as follows: “A voluble line of often extravagant talk: A speech delivered especially to sell or promote something.” Machine Brief: spiel= SPAOEL

Dec 22

Briefs And Phrases From Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Poster

beautiful= BAOUF magic= MIJ wonder= WURND cherishing= KHERG another= NOER story= STOER altogether= AULGT difficult= DIF ago= AG I will= IL be the= -BT hello= HO*EL Diana= DAOI/A*N/A* OR DAOI/A*N/NA* again= GEN mother= MOER are you= RU today= TOD you think= AOUNG training= TRAING ready= R-D I could= IKD begin= GIN at least= TLAOEFT defend= …

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Dec 22

Friday Phrases

instruct her= STHER instruct him= STHIM instruct the witness= STWIT instructs her= STHERS instructs him= STHIMS instructs the witness= STWITD instructed her= STHERD instructed him= STHIMD instructed the witness= STWITD instructing her= STHERG instructing him= STHIMG instructing the witness= STWIGT

Dec 22

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Vespertine

Vespertine is defined as follows: “(1) Of, relating to, or occurring in the evening. (2) Active, flowering, or flourishing in the evening: crepuscular.” MACHINE BRIEF: vespertine= VES/PER/TAO*IN

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?

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