Word of the Week: No. 1

Apr 08, 2015

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I want to thank all of the readers who stopped by last week’s introduction to the new addition to TSLL blog. Each Wednesday either a Word of the Week or a Good Grammar Is . . . lesson will be shared (alternating from week to week). I’ve decided to title the entire series The English Classroom, not to scare anyone away, as I know not every one eagerly anticipated attending their English classes (yes, I was someone who did in high school as well as college), but to invite you to enjoy the journey of the intoxicatingly complicated, yet beautiful dance with the English language.

Language changes and molds to the culture it resides, and the people who use the language determine what will be used or forgotten. When we choose to look at language in this way, it becomes a little less intimidating. Trust me, there are very few days in which I am teaching when I don’t have a student ask for the definition of a word, and I don’t have it on the tip of my tongue.

I am admittedly forever a student, and I prefer it that way. I hope you will join me whenever you’d like to waken up your vocabulary or tighten up your conversation. I think we’re going have an intriguingly good time.

Also, thank you to the many newsletter readers who have shared their ideas on the survey that was offered in last week’s newsletter. If anyone else would like to share what they’d prefer to have added to TSLL blog weekly line-up of posts and ideas of what the second episode of The Simple Sophisticate that will begin this summer should focus on, do feel free to answer three short questions (click here to start the survey).

Posts from the Archives:

~Good Grammar Is . . .  (the inaugural post)

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6 thoughts on “Word of the Week: No. 1

  1. Shannon. Love the new coloumn on grammer. I think of grammer as the medium of verbal communication, much the way paint is a medium of visual communication. I love little refreshers on usage, having been out of academia for 40 years. Please keep up the great work.

  2. Shannon, I just had to write. I admire your initiative and your vivacity, but please, if you are going to write a column on grammar, I feel your grammar should be exemplary. Or, perhaps it is a simple matter of a little more proof-reading being in order.

    In the second paragraph, the verb “resides” usually takes a preposition. In this case, it should be “resides in” or “in which it resides”. In that same paragraph, I think “comes” was probably a typo. It should be “becomes”.

    These are small errors, but they do take away from the content, especially the topic is grammar.

    1. And here was an example of proof-reading being in order….my last sentence should end with “especially IF/WHEN the topic is grammar”. So easy to do.

    2. No, I am not perfect. 🙂 Just as Stephen Fry pointed out in the video shared last week, let us have fun and try new variances with the language, and that is what I most enjoy doing. There will continue to be mistakes, but I will continue write. Let’s not police, but enjoy. Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Thank you Shannon for one of the most truly informative blogs I have ever had the pleasure of reading. What I love about your work is that you not only create interest with your beautiful pictures, ideas, and advice but you give us a roadmap to implement them in our lives. And like a cherry on top…you make us aware of the importance of enriching our vocabulary and improving our communication skills. Elegance of mind is also important. Please know that I always look forward to reading your blog.

  4. Thankyou for the word of the week. Expanding our vocabulary is a necessity, especially when some people can only communicate through vulgarities and slang.

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