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When In Time Would You Stop Understanding English?

This week for some reason seems to have a lot of videos that peak my interest… which doesn’t happen very often. With that said, I want to share with you a video about the English Language.

Some of you know that my education back is a BA in English and BEd, so when I find interesting videos that teach the history of the English Language I usually archive them for future use. With the research I’ve done and the love I have for medieval literature my understanding would stop around the 1500’s because after this time period we get more into Latin based English… which in no way would I begin to try and comprehend that…

I love English and its complexity but I also love the history behind the language. This video touches upon both these topics and handles explaining the changes incredibly well. If you are an English teacher or someone passionate about the English language this is a video you should watch:

Old Word Friday: Groke & Grok

The old word for this Friday is groke. I was inspired to choose this word when I travelled to a cat cafe the other day. When I was drinking my Purrr-fect Smoothie one of the cats, a little black cat with white on its chest named Barbi, sat at my feet looking up at me with its big yellow eyes groking.

Groke is a Old Scottish word that describes someone or something staring at you while you eat in hopes that you give them some food. Dogs are very good at groking but this was my first time seeing a cat groke.

Now, this word is not to be confused with the word grok – created/ coined by the Sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein. To grok is to understand something or someone through empathy or to show empathy to establish a relationship. You can probably see how these two words can be confused… and often are when you want to use the word groke instead of grok. Thanks Auto Correct. 🙂

English is weird…

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Zenzizenzizenzic

Sorry for the delay in posting. I was travelling across Ontario to my new home and it took a little longer to hook up a proper internet connection to post on here. Posts should resume to a normal schedule from this post onward.

Now, for today’s WWW I give you the word zenzizenzizenzic. No I did not make up this word. No, I do not expect you to ever need to know/use this word in your lifetime. I honestly have this part of my Weird Word List which I rarely use in day-to-day writing. I just found this word fasinating in the sense it is a proper word used in mathematics.

Zenzizenzizenzic is a word for the obsolete form of mathematical notation representing the eighth power of a number (thank you Google for that definition).

I – in no way – will be using this in a sentence since it is likely to only be used to describe mathematical equations or other number sentences. You can just revival in the fact you know a word like zenzizenzizenzic and can brag to others that you now know this ridiculous word. 🙂

Old Word Friday: Rawgabbit

For this Friday’s old word I’ll introduce you to the word rawgabbit. Rawgabbit is a person that gossips in secret about things they have no knowledge about. Everyone knows someone who’s like this, at least I know I’ve know a few people that have done this… and I’ll admit when I was a teenager I had moments of being a rawgabbit – something I’m not proud of.

To give you an example of a rawgabbit – they are a person that will pull you aside and speak about other people doing things that are utterly untrue. They are starters of rumours and they can cause problems for other people if those they gossip to end up spreading these untruths about.

Examples of rawgabbit in a sentence:

Sally knew that Frank was a rawgabbit after he spoke about Miss. Alison’s relationship with the gym teacher.

Or…

“Stop being such a rawgabbit!” My mother ordered, silencing my muttering the moment her glare caught my eye.

 

Now, I find this word very useful in character development. If you don’t know how to describe a gossipy character this word pretty-much sums them up. You can also use it as an insult as no one likes to be called a liar and a gossip.

 

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Chockablock

Yes, as weird as this word looks it is a word. Although it appears to be a compound word I assure you it is not… it is a word that stands alone and is actually a fun word to use.

Chockablock’s first unknown use was during 1850 as a nautical term/ rhyming phrase meaning the two blocks and tactical found on the vessels seaman were work on. [Definition Found HERE]

Now-a-days the word has taken a completely different turn. Chockablock means full, jammed, or overly crowded. This is also believed to be the word that led to the formation of the word chockful (like chockful of information).

Here are some ways of using the word:

I am chockablock of information on weird words.

Or…

This room is chockablock of people.

 

 

Old Word Friday: Snottor

For this Friday I choose the word snottor which from what I’ve read pertains to an old English word meaning ‘wise’. I like the potential imagery this word can give when used as a description. When I read snottor I think of someone older with their nose up in the air about the goings on around them. I don’t know… it’s a strange sounding word and has recently been added to words I want to use in my writing.

Ways to use snottor:

Caldor glared up from his book. As much as Liora didn’t want to ask him the man was snottor.

Or…

As she entered the large inner chamber of the library on the second floor of the Glass Tower, Liora couldn’t help but notice all the beady eyes from those hidden within. These men were snottors just like her mentor but she wasn’t sure if they would even consider answering her questions.

 

ACTUALLY I take it all back… I can’t take this word seriously enough to use it in my book. It makes me laugh whenever I read it. XD

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Collywobbles

Today I have collywobbles. I must have eaten something or not eaten enough of something today to cause this stomach problem. All day my stomach has been doing flip flops – it sucks. 😦

Anyways, that’s not stopping me from posting WWW and if you haven’t guessed it – the word is collywobbles. But what does it mean?

Pretty much what I put in the first part – a collywobble is when you feel pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach; a bellyache. People believe that this word came from the Latin word pertaining to cholera (cholera morbus). Although it may have been used as a serious medical term back in the day, it now has changed to signify much lesser/ sever gastrol issue(s). Not to mention it is a super fun word to say over and over again. 🙂

Ways to use collywobble in a sentence:

The class came down with collywobbles after eating Ms. Burtworth’s cookies.

Or…

I called in sick to work because of collywobbles.

Old Word Friday: Balter

I usually hunt down my old words for Friday posts but it just so happens today something amazing happened. One of my old art teachers from elementary school posted an awesome old word on her Facebook and I had to use it because of it’s potential.

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One of the top comments made me laugh so hard that I’m going to have to use it as the example sentence for all of you.

Example sentence using balter:

Balter like nobody’s watching. 😛

 

ENJOY!

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Snuggery

Right now I’m sitting in what I’d call the snuggery of my apartment. The word snuggery pertains to a cozy little room or place in a house.

In 16 days I will be leaving my current snuggery in search of a newer snuggery closer to my family. It will be nice to be closer than 18 hours from where I grew up. I’ll get to see people I haven’t seen for six years.

Anyways… I honestly don’t think I need to give you examples of how to use snuggery in a sentence since I used them throughout this post. XD

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