Developed by renowned word-player and Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, doublets are a word pair linked by a chain of words formed by changing only one letter at a time. For Carroll, the object was to get from the first word to the last using the shortest possible chain of words in between. Carroll’s 1879 Doublets: A Word-Puzzle is available as a free Google eBook.
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!
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.
We may dream of and play games featuring winter adventures, but much of the U.S. is experiencing the kind of cold and snow that drives us inside for cozy and quiet evenings. The kind that go perfectly with a warm beverage and a good old-fashioned word search.
Find the 24 winter words in this classic word search. Words can go in any direction—including backwards and diagonally. Need a little help? See below for the first two letters of each word. [Difficulty level: moderate]
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:
National Taco Day is one of those unofficial holidays that people love to hate and love to celebrate. Research turns up little information on its creation, but plenty of taco day deals for its celebration each year on October 4.
Although I could find very little about the holiday’s provenance, there’s no shortage of those who are willing to embrace and celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day today. And why not? It’s a simple tasty treat with any number of possible variations.