Category Archives: Words


THE BAIN OF RAIN We Southern Californians welcome rain—at least on a short term basis.  Rain turns the hills from desiccated brown to refreshing shades of green.  It clears the smog and dust and pollen from the air and brightens … Continue reading

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In addition to being told that one needs to cough up extra money for Uncle Sam during this dreaded tax season, plagues such as Wet Rot, Dry Rot, and Termites have put fear into my heart.  Appliances break down because … Continue reading

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Last week, I tackled the subject of Homophones, and this week it’s Homonyms.   As I’ve said before, words fascinate me. Unlike Homophones, which I discussed last week, Homonyms sound the same, and they are spelled the same way, but … Continue reading

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What better way to start the new year than to tackle the problem of homophones.  No, homophones are not phones for men only and have no relation to the word homophobic. Homophones are words that sound the same but are … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Words

Readers of my past blogs know that I love words, and I take every opportunity to enhance my vocabulary.  So when I discovered a Word document entitled Vocabulary Words, I opened it with great excitement. But, alas, I found some … Continue reading

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The Magic of Words

In My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle sang, “Words! Words! I’m so sick of words!” Unlike Eliza, I love words and the wordsmiths who use them.  In the past, I had a crush on Abba Eban (Israel’s former ambassador to the … Continue reading

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The Derivation of Words

I studied Latin for six years, two years in Junior High and four years in High School. I nailed the Latin Achievement Test on the SATs. During my interview at Pembroke (now officially Brown University), the interviewer cited my background … Continue reading

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