Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Blogging Challenge W(ordsmith)

I love wordsmith.org. A long time ago I signed up for their email list, and Monday through Friday I get a fun email about words, their history, useage, and even a link telling you how to pronounce it. Today's word is "shirty." It means bad tempered or irritable.

I'm afeared if people said it quickly too many times in a row it might get them into trouble in polite company.

Besides the fun books you read, are there any good sites you go to that broaden your vocabulary?

17 comments:

  1. I like the blog "Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares" because she tackles grammar in a very funny way:

    http://missedperiodsandothergrammarscares.blogspot.com/

    "Shirty" could be easily misheard.

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  2. i'll have to check out the website, and also the one that Theresa mentioned above :o)

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  3. Shirty is a fun word. :D You're right, though--might have some trouble if you don't enunciate. ;)

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  4. The enunciation could pose a problem on that word. Uh-huh.

    I'll check out that site and Theresa's too. I love stuff like that. :-)

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  5. I get that wordsmith email every day. I love it. I like to explore dictionary.com and their thesaurus when I'm feeling stuck on a word. It reminds me of words I forgot all about.

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  6. I'd love to say yes, but... no. Yours sounds like a good start, though!

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  7. I thought the word looked very easy to alter and still get a similar meaning. :) I like to follow people who share vocabulary and grammar tips on Twitter.

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  8. I'm sure, this is dumb and obvious, but I admit I... go to www.thesaurus.com
    Cheers!

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  9. Donna, thanks for the hug!

    A resource for me is my budding author son. He seems to know quite a few words I never even knew existed. This son just turned 27.

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  10. Oh, I didn't know about wordsmith.com. I'll have to check it out. Especially if their tossing out words like shirty. Good one.

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  11. Oh, l often feel shirty. Usually on a Sunday evening before the Monday morning... ;-)

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  12. LOL about your afeared comment. :)

    I don't really have anything special besides the dictionary.

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  13. Thank you for the great link - I'v signed up!

    Ellie Garratt

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  14. "Shirty"-- I LOVE it! That's such a great word. I'm pretty boring with my word searches and usually stick to thesaurus.com

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  15. Can't say I've even heard of the word, so thanks for writing about it!

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  16. I'll have to check out Wordsmith, I love looking up words, and it's surprising how many of them are hard to track down in the current Websters these days!

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  17. Not really, no. There aren't many sites that I go to strictly with the purpose of broadening my vocabulary. I try to stick with books for that but am glad when I come across websites that teach me about new words.

    I may have checked out wordsmith before but am not sure, so I'm going to visit that site to figure out what it's all about.

    The Madlab Post

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