The word of the day for November 22, 2012: SOON.
As I was scanning through entries to feature in this post, my son sent me a text message asking if I could pick him up from school. “Okay, I’ll be there soon.” I typed. Before hitting send, I thought about what a wishy-washy, noncommittal word “soon” is; a word that implies that something is just around the corner—often when it’s not. Even when “soon” speaks of hope, it’s largely indicative of some sort of lack. I revised my reply: “I’ll be there in 14 minutes.”…full article →
The word of the day for November 24, 2012: LIBRARY.
Library is a word that technology has rendered nearly obsolete. I had forgotten what a magical place a library used to be for me: construction paper letters announcing the new; musty smells of aged leather and browning paper announcing the old; librarians navigating a mysterious decimal system; the cacophony of crossing waves of passion from poets, prophets, and imaginers transcending time; the silence.full article →
The word of the day for November 23, 2012: SQUARE.
As the adage goes, “there are two sides to every story.” This one has four.
A square is rare in nature. Through the airplane window at 30,000 feet, rivers snake across the landscape as meandering peaks fork through the limestone…
The word of the day for November 20, 2012: RECEIVED.
Most people (and possibly some of Old Macdonald’s farm animals*) are familiar with the “I before E except after C” rule. But what’s with words like leisure, seizure, weigh, and neighbor? Seriously, what’s with you words? If any of you words happen to […]full article →
Ten years ago today, oneword™ flickered to life. Since then we have illuminated the lives of tens of thousands of writers (or at least helped to free them from a bout or two of writer’s block).
As I wrote a few months back, oneword™’s very first word (or lack thereof) was “astroturf.” Here are […]full article →