What Does the Word ‘Turkey’ Mean?
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What Does the Word ‘Turkey’ Mean?

I ran this poll last year and got some good suggestions for how to make it more neutral (which is why I’ve added the slideshow of images rather than all the animal turkey images. Take my poll–what do you associate with the word ‘turkey’? Continue reading

Lessons learned in a writing journey
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Lessons learned in a writing journey

Author Michael Smart (see my chat with Michael here) has a pet peeve about using too many words when fewer would do. If you haven’t read his riveting Bequia Mysteries, set in the unusual locale of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, you’re missing out. All three are tightly-woven, action-packed, and sprinkled with the authentic island … Continue reading

book reviews / Born in a Treacherous Time / words

Book Review: The Unfolding of Language

The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind’s Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher My rating: 3 of 5 stars View all my reviews I love studying how man became who he is–living in communities, farming the land (rather than hunter-gatherers), believing in a god, decorating our bodies, creating unique cultures. Many believe our most … Continue reading

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Book Review: Oxford Essential Dictionary of Difficult Words

The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Difficult Words by Oxford University Press My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews This book is a wonder if your style of writing is a bit on the intellectual side or if you want an Anthony Hopkins type of character, ala Silence of the Lambs–educated, professorial, cerebral. … Continue reading