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Writing tip Wednesday: “Fighting words”

Fighting words



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Haiku to you Thursday: “Embrace”

How can I say this? /

My words will never touch it. /

But my embrace will.

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Top misspelled word in each state

Bananas or banannas? These are the top misspelled words in each state

Where do you fit in?


Mary Bowerman , USA TODAY Network

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/29/scripps-national-spelling-beetop-misspelled-words-state/352919001/

EDITOR’S NOTE:  A previous version of this story stated Wisconsin’s most misspelled word was “tomorrow” based on Google-provided data. A Google update with more current data found that the most misspelled word is actually Wisconsin.

Spelling champions from across the country are preparing to compete this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

While we’ve all cringed after misspelling a word in a work email or a text, the National Spelling Bee competitors will be asked to spell words that make the word “chihuahua” look like a walk in the park.

In honor of those who aren’t as gifted as the National Spelling Bee champs, Google pulled the most misspelled words in each state so far this year.

Here’s a look at the most misspelled search words in each state:

Alabama: pneumonia
Alaska: schedule
Arizona: tomorrow
Arkansas: chihuahua
California: beautiful
Colorado: tomorrow
Connecticut: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Delaware: hallelujah
Washington, D.C. : ninety
Florida: receipt
Georgia: gray
Hawaii: people
Idaho: quote
Illinois: pneumonia
Indiana: hallelujah
Iowa: vacuum
Kansas: diamond
Kentucky: beautiful
Louisiana: giraffe
Maine: pneumonia
Maryland: special
Massachusetts: license
Michigan: pneumonia
Minnesota: beautiful
Mississippi: nanny
Missouri: maintenance
Montana: surprise
Nebraska: suspicious
Nevada: available
New Hampshire: difficult
New Jersey: twelve
New Mexico: bananas
New York: beautiful
North Carolina: angel
North Dakota: dilemma
Ohio: beautiful
Oklahoma: patient
Oregon: sense
Pennsylvania: sauerkraut
Rhode Island: liar
South Carolina: chihuahua
South Dakota: college
Tennessee: chaos
Texas: maintenance
Utah: disease
Vermont: Europe
Virginia: delicious
Washington: pneumonia
West Virginia: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Wisconsin: Wisconsin
Wyoming: priority




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Writing tip Wednesday: “Say what?”

What you say (or write) says something about you or your characters.

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Pain”

Pain is a song /

whose melody is as true /

as its words are inadequate.

[Editor’s note: a modified haiku structure, varying a little from the 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable structure. Still, I believe it carries the spirit of a haiku.]

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Silence”

Silence tastes empty. /

Without your whisper, my ear /

hears only stale words.

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New words to live by: “Democrazy”

It is time, once again, for New words to live by. This is a word or phrase not currently in use in the U.S. English lexicon, but might need to be considered. Other words, such as obsurd, crumpify, subsus, flib, congressed, and others, can be found by clicking on the tags below. Today’s New Word is a compounding of two nouns into a new word. Without further waiting, democrazy (demo-crazy) is the new word for this month.

Democracy, n. a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. Or, to borrow from U.S. President Lincoln: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people….”

Crazy, n. 1. Mentally deranged, senseless, insane. 2. Unsound, impractical.

Democrazy, n. 1. The illusion of democracy or the democratic process obscured by the insanity of money, the senselessness of political debates over inane subjects (e.g., hand size), and the impractical notion that whoever is elected can fix it all. 2. Every four-year mental lapse in judgment and sanity where the supreme power is invested in money and those who have. 3. Any subset thereof, in which elections can be for state, local, and non-Presidential offices. 4. The last stage of democracy before it goes totalitarian.

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See your local newspaper or most any TV channel between now and November. Plenty of examples exist there.

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