Lady Rougepen Says: You Speak German

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English , as you know, is a mosaic of other different languages. Let’s look at some words that originate from our brothers and sisters who brought us Volkswagen and streusel pastries. The following words are German:

  • Poltergeist
  • Wunderkind
  • Kindergarten
  • Frankfurter
  • Zeitgeist
  • Bratwurst
  • Hamburger

What are some other German words you can think of that crept into English?

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Says: Let’s Decode Common Acronyms

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There are acronyms that we use on a regular basis, but don’t know what they stand for. Here are some common ones – decoded:

  • SCUBA – Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
  • URL – Uniform Resource Locator
  • FUBAR – F*&%ed up Beyond all Recognition
  • BOLO – Be On the Lookout
  • TWA (Ebonics) –  Teeny Weeny Afro

What are some other common ones you can decode for us? Do tell!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Says: Come Again, Gen?

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The root word “gen” is Greek for “something produced,” or “the beginning,” like in these words:

  • Genesis
  • Genes/genetic
  • Generation
  • Generic
  • Generator

It also implies something out of thin air, like “genie.” Pretty “genius,” huh?

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

Oh No Typos Presents: A Posterior View

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I found this typo on a document while proofreading, so thank goodness that it didn’t get out. But can you imagine if it had? It implies the plural form of another word for donkeys, or ahem, a slang term for multiple backsides. This mistake if often made with words that have double consonants in the middle, and one gets omitted. Others are:

  • Committed
  • Harassment
  • Embarrass
  • Bookkeeper
  • Questionnaire

Can you think of more? And what mnemonic devices do you use to remember to double the consonants of these words, or similar ones? I open the floor to you.

Sean C. Wright is the author of 7 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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Lady Rougepen Says: Let’s Get to Know “Nemesis”

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The word “nemesis,” which means “arch-enemy” is so named for the Ancient Greek goddess of retribution of the same name. Nemesis was often portrayed as winged, and brandishing a whip or dagger.

The goddess’s role in Greek mythology was to exact just punishment or blessings to people for their actions. She is the goddess who lured self-absorbed Narcissus to the pool of water where he fell in love with his own reflection, forgot to ingest food and water, and eventually died.

As you can tell, I am a serious Greek mythology nerd!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 7 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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Lady Rougepen Says: This Word for Psychic is French

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The word “clairvoyant,” which is also a synonym for psychic is the combination of two French words. “Clair” means clear, as in “clarity,” and “voyant” means “to see, or watch,” such as in “voyeur.” The whole word means “clear seer.”

Sean C. Wright is the author of 7 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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Oh No Typos Presents: AR or ER?

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I saw this on a menu. “Tartar” is one of those words with an ending that sounds like “ER,” but is really “AR.” Some others that people confuse the “A” and “E” in:

  • Separate. The middle letter is an “A.” The way I remember is that there is A RAT in “separate.”
  • Lavender. People often end this word in “AR.” The way I remember the “E” at the end is that lavender is a flower. They both end in “ER.”
  • Category. The middle letter is an “E.” How do you remember? “Catty” sounds like “Cat-e.” You’ve just spelled the first 4 letters correctly.

Can you think of more? Also, what are some funny or appalling typos you have seen? I open the floor to you. And please feel free to see me expand on this issue in my blog post  3 REASONS PROOFREADING IS A NECESSARY POSITION

Sean C. Wright is the author of 7 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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