Category: english

English: what is a haversack?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions a find. Haversack: a one-shouldered carry bag. Source: Mish, Frederick C. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

English: august, the adjective

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor recalls…. I remember, decades ago, hearing that august can be an adjective. I’m sure my sister told me so. What does it mean? august:impressive by way of grace, dignity, or greatness, and earning spontaneous respect

English: difference between licence and license?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor brings up an issue he’s thought of for decades. Licence seems to be a noun, while license, a verb. Source: Gilmour, Lorna (editor). Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.

English:poetry:Paul Simon, “Slip Slidin’ Away,” part 1

Self-tutoring about poetry and meanings: the tutor mentions “Slip Slidin’ Away.” God only knows God makes his plan The information’s unavailable To the mortal man –Paul Simon, “Slip Slidin’ Away” I recall “Slip Slidin’ Away” from when I was a

Spelling: esthetic vs aesthetic

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor checks about esthetic and aesthetic. Apparently, aesthetic and esthetic have the same meaning. Source: Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Spelling: I was skeptical…but was I sceptical?

Self-tutoring about spelling: the tutor had his doubts in one case…. I read the word “sceptical” with surprise. One of the word processing programs I use doesn’t like it either. Yet, Webster’s Dictionary and Oxford Canadian Dictionary agree: sceptic is

Vocabulary: another -ible

Tutoring English, suffixes are interesting. The tutor mentions a word ending with -ible. In a post from December 30, 2012, I mention some -ibles – for example, credible. By an -ible I mean a word that ends in -ible but

English: what does excise (tax) mean?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor notices a word and finally checks it. An excise is a tax levied on the sale or production of an item. An event has to happen for an excise to be due. Source: Mish, Frederick

English: is spelling relatable?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions a discovery. Typing an article, I keyed relatable, but the checker doesn’t like it. Am I wrong? I found relatable in the dictionary. Curious, eh? Source: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield, Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Homonyms: wurst and worst

Tutoring English, homonyms are always interesting. The tutor mentions the pair wurst and worst. wurst: product prepared from ground meat, such as sausage or meat spread. worst: least successful Source: Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

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