Month: May 2018

English: spelling: is “disfunctional” dysfunctional?

Tutoring English, spelling can hold surprises. The tutor mentions one he got from spelling “disfunctional.” This editor is unhappy with the spelling “disfunctional”, yet Merriam-Webster does allow for it. Given that Merriam-Webster is American, and so I’m sure is this

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English, philosophy: what do you juxtapose?

via Daily Prompt: Juxtapose Self-tutoring about the application behind a word: the tutor reflects about juxtapose. juxtapose (verb): to set side by side so as to compare. –Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English, Oxford University Press, Don Mills, 2005. Typically

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Yard work, exercise and fitness: the unintended work-out

Self-tutoring: the tutor shares about yard chores. Yesterday, I thought perhaps I wouldn’t get enough exercise. I thought wrong. For the seeds I found in our shelves, I decided to open up more garden space from a rectangle of the

English: homonyms: leech vs leach

Tutoring English, homonyms are a curiosity. The tutor mentions another pair: leech and leach. leech (n): a worm-like creature that sucks blood from its prey. leach (v): to wash out, as nutrients from soil by over-watering. Source: Gilmour, Lorna (editor).

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English, philosophy: what does archaic mean to you?

via Daily Prompt: Archaic Self-tutoring: the tutor reflects on an inexorable process. Seeking a solid foundation, I look up archaic: archaic: 1) ancient; 2) out-of-date. -Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus, HarperCollins, 2006. For the purpose herein, archaic’s second

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Microsoft web browser: how to tell which you’re using

Computer self-tutoring: the tutor mentions how to check which Microsoft browser you’re using. In my experience, here is how to reveal the About info: The three dots at top right, just under the x, hold a menu, under which, at

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Gardening: planting a rose cutting inside a potato

Gardening self-tutoring: the tutor tries a trick he saw on YouTube about starting some rose cuttings. I’ve been trying to spiff up the yard with new plants lately, including some rose cuttings. I started them in potatoes – an idea

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Psychology: Who is guilty?

via Daily Prompt: Guilty Guilty is such a loaded term, I looked it up before starting to write. Concisely and unequivocally, Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus (HarperCollins, 2006) defines guilty: guilty (adj): having done wrong. When I was

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Lifestyle, yard work: watering reflections, part 0

Self-tutoring about watering: the tutor reflects…. I can’t remember when summer 2018 started (see my post here about when summer starts); irrigation is in full swing. (I began about this year’s watering efforts in the post here.) I’m no pro

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Home computer use: restart fix for sound problem

Self-tutoring about home computer use: the tutor mentions how a restart fixed a sound problem. Over a week the sound from the main computer deteriorated. At the end it still wasn’t bad, but definitely noticeable. The kids wanted something done.

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