T is for Tower

T is for that and those, this and these That and this are used variously as pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. That (plural, those) is a commonly used to indicate a thing (or sometimes a person) or an action or a circumstance. That particular dog over there was the one that ate the turkey. Those skills…

T is for Tiger

Some T prefixes tachi—, tacho—, tachy— all imply “swift”. tachometer tachycardia tauto— means “the same”. tautology techno— relates to the use of technology. technobabble, technocracy tele— comes from the Greek “far off” and often refers to television or telephone. telecast, telegraph, teleprompter, telescope ter— means “three” or “thrice”. tercel, tercentennial tera— means a factor of…

T is for Trillium

Silent Ts and THs The letter T at the end of a word of French derivation is usually silent. ballet gourmet rapport ricochet Exceptions bracelet concert The letter T may be silent when it follows an S or an F. apostle listen moisten whistle Exceptions The T may or may not be pronounced, depending on…

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

S is for Sea Lion

S is for Simple Here is Dr. Holder’s version of “simple”. How would you put it? In the present Volume, I have endeavored to carry out, on a more extended scale, the principle which has been partially indicated in several of my smaller works; namely, to present to the reader the outlines of zoologic knowledge…

S is for Strawberries

S is for Syllables A syllable is a unit of pronunciation having a vowel sound and usually one or more consonant sounds. Syllables give words their rhythm and make poetry possible. Saying an unfamiliar word syllable by syllable may help, although an understanding of prefixes and suffixes is essential for proper pronunciation. A word may…

S is for Sharp, Shin, and Sigma

History of the letter S The letter S originated with the Semitic letter shin, meaning “teeth” or “sharp”, perhaps inspired by the Egyptian hieroglyph for “tusk”. The symbol for shin looks somewhat like a W, with an upper dot or tittle to distinguish the s-sound from the sh-sound. The Greeks turned the symbol on its…