I’ve never thought of myself as a Halloween enthusiast. A quick look at the posts I’ve written for Copyediting over the last couple of years, however, reveals the truth. I’m a sucker for fantasy, phantasmagoria, and even a good old-fashioned frightening now and then. The proof:
Although the Fourth of July fell on a Thursday this year, many people are still turning the opportunity into a long holiday weekend filled with friendly gatherings and fun in the great outdoors. Fighting the mosquitos and anticipating the weather isn’t your thing? Here’s a word game that will have you picking a site, gathering your kindling, and stretching your canvas shelter -- all from the comforts of your critter-free, climate-controlled home.
In the early 1900s, Anna Jarvis campaigned to make Mother’s Day an official holiday because she wanted to honor her mother after she had passed away and thought others should honor their mothers, present or passed. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, founded Mothers’ Day Work Clubs that focused on sanitation. Anna’s petition was finally successful in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday.
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is not Mexico’s independence day, which is celebrated in September, but it is a celebration of freedom. It is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration honoring the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. Today, it has widened into a celebration of Mexican culture. Cinco de Mayo celebrations often include family and food, music and dancing, and the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white, and red).
Order the flowers, buy the chocolates, pick up the card, make the reservation—the holiday devoted to love gestures is less than a week away. The following word game takes you from a sweet Valentine’s treat to a life commitment in just five 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.
With slang in the news and Australia Day upon us (and behind some of us), it seemed only fitting to do an Australian slang word game. I’m no bushie, so I’ve turned to a few online sources to help me identify and define truly Aussie slang. How well do you know your Strine? You won’t be stonkered if you can match the slang term with its correct definition.