With 12 brave participants, 40 observers, over 130 words, and almost three dozen thrilling rounds of spelling under pressure, the American Copy Editors Society spelling bee was a fun kickoff to the ACES conference in Vegas Wednesday night.
With 34.7 million Americans claiming Irish ancestry and 122 million being Irish enough at heart to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this seems like a good opportunity to indulge my Scots-Irish side. Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend, everyone!
If you over-imbibed on all the Grammar Day activities, posts, chats, and contests this week, here’s the perfect chaser: a Wordoku puzzle. It keeps things verbal by using letters instead of numbers, but it provides the same calming, orderly fun of traditional Sudoku.
We’ve had a little word fun with Valentine’s Day before. We unscientifically proved that the language of love is 70 percent French (or 100 percent Nahuatl), and we took you from a sweet treat to a life commitment in a five-step reflections game. Today, with snow (again!) blanketing much of the U.S., we slow it down and warm it up with a doublets game that goes from warm embrace to warm attachment in eight steps.
In the U.S., we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January — January 20 this year. As a professional speaker, both in his role as minister and as civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr generated a remarkable body of quotes on a wide array of issues. Many have become touchstones in modern writing about courage, education, ethics, faith, justice, love, nonviolence, racism, sense, and more.
What are the depths of winter good for if not reflection — and word play. In a bit of meta fun, today’s game takes us through the secret dream of writers everywhere: to go from playing around with words to having a megahit in a mere seven steps.
Use the clue to complete the word or phrase; the last part of each word or phrase is the first part of the next. [Difficulty level: easy-moderate]
If you have had a chance to see the weather in some parts of the United States, you will see there has been a lot of snow in the forecast. I myself have been snowed in this week with the eight inches we got overnight.
The sight of snow makes me think of staying inside with my cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped topping and sprinkles while I watch the neighbors try to shovel their way out of the driveway.
With that thought in mind, see how many of the 90 words you can make from
Words are trendy things. Some popular words have a clear causal event. Others creep onto the scene with little evidence of where they came from or why. And a few pop up annually, as if they have scheduled appearances to make.