For the political season and more


We came across a word that we had not heard in awhile, but we love the sound of it. The word is bumptious, meaning proud or confident with such loudness or rudeness  that it offends other people.

Doesn’t this sound perfect for use during the political season! For example: The Senate incumbent ended his bumptious rhetoric when the polls showed that he was losing to the opposing candidate.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, etymologists believe that the word  was coined about from “bump,” a noun, and “tious.” It was first used around 1800.

The opposite of the word would be “humble” or “modest.”

Before the election in November, we are likely to hear much bumptious talk

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Myself as Noun: Right, wrong?

QuestionMarksIt is a curious thing that has happened in our society.

People are using the using the word “myself” as the subject of sentences — even important people, including the President of the United States. My blog isn’t a place for political commentary. However, I want to make the point that confusion goes all the way to the most important job in our nation.

No one should be using “myself,” which is a reflexive pronoun, in the place of a pronoun, which is used as the subject of a sentence.

Incorrect usage: “Cousin Dixie and myself are studying for our grammar exam.” WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. This usage will land us in trouble on our test.

Correct usage: “Cousin Dixie and I are studying for our grammar exam.” This usage probably will ensure that we get a special treat.

If in doubt, remove the other subject of the sentence. You would not say “Myself is studying for our grammar exam.” OUCH!

We have eight subject pronouns to use in sentences. These are I, you, he, she, it, we, you and they. These pronouns – only eight of them — are the action actors, so to speak, in a sentence. “I am going to play” or “we are returning the books to the library” or “they are taking a vacation.”

Reflexive pronouns used properly refer back to the subject of a sentence “I am treating myself to the cookies on the table when the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, isn’t looking.” This is likely to land me in trouble even with good grammar usage.

Reflexive pronouns include the singular myself, yourself, himself, herself or itself, as well as the plural ourselves, yourselves or themselves.

Reflexive pronouns have one other important job: They are used as emphatic or emphasis pronouns — in other words, their use is to make a point about something.

“I myself will make the decision about when to remove the cookies from the table.”

This seems like a lot to know — and we haven’t tackled the misuse of “I, me and myself.” That’s a topic for another day.

As you listen to people speak in the world around you, on television or in movies, you probably will hear “myself” being used as a noun. It is likely that this misuse will hurt your ears as much it hurts mine.

Mom Karen and I are going for a walk now. I think this is wonderful! Cookies, later!
















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Memorable Monday: Football Words of Wisdom

Vince Lombardi was an inspiration to those on and off the field!

Vince Lombardi was an inspiration to those
on and off the field!

It’s Monday morning, and lots of people are standing around the water cooler — or on Facebook — discussing the wins (YAY) of their favorite teams or the losses (BOO). If only this person hadn’t dropped the ball or that one had run faster or the referee had made better calls … well, you get the picture. It happens every week during football season!

We’ve rummaged back in the archives and found a quote from the legendary coach Vince Lombardi who gave us this inspiring quote that remains true today:

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
― Vince Lombardi

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Fantabulous Friday: It’s a Shoefie!


If the shoe fits and you take a picture of it, what’s it called?

A shoefie, of course!

Thanks to the Urban Dictionary, we can update our language to expand the use of the word selfie.

A selfie of your shoes is a shoefie. It couldn’t possibly be anything else, could it?

The Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, and I want to keep you apprised of the latest trends in language. Now you know, and you’ll sound so smart around your friends!

Just say “feet”!

(Photo by Rosen Georgiev,


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Thoughtful Thursday: The Way They Are


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Terrific Tuesday: American Girls are tough …

The books that accompany the American Girl doll series offer important lessons in life.

The books that accompany the American Girl doll series offer important lessons in life.

We have always admired strong ladies, and the American Girls doll series and the accompanying books have helped new generations of girls appreciate qualities such as spunk, determination and spirit.

Even if their first attraction is to the dolls and their beautiful clothes and accessories, girls become mesmerized by the dolls’ stories. Those books have given girls many important lessons on courage and strength.

Check out this link to read about five important lessons from the American Girl series. We especially like the one “Be courageous enough to try new things, even if they scare the hell out of you.”


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