What's in a Word | All Blogs


Watch those vowels

By Debra Dobbins

What a difference just one vowel makes! Born Loser today correctly uses “stationary” with a final "a" to mean sitting still. A shift in just one vowel results in "stationery," or writing paper. Stationary is an adjective; stationery is a noun.

Similar words include "altar" vs. "alter." The first is a platform in a church; it is a noun. The second means to change, so it is a verb.

Consider, too, "allusion" vs. "illusion." An allusion is a reference that is indirect. (See blogs of July 15, July 16, August 24, September 10, October 18 and November 12, 2010) An illusion is a false image or belief. Both are nouns.

That's all for today. It's time to get out my Christmas stationery and write some more holiday letters.

 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Planning for the Holidays
By Julie Norman
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thank you, Chicago
By Robin Dearing
Monday, September 15, 2014

Scooter Goes to Capitol Pass
By Ann Driggers
Monday, September 15, 2014

When your palate pines for a purple palette on your plate
By Penny Stine
Monday, September 15, 2014

Clearance Flowers?
By Julie Norman
Monday, September 15, 2014


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Sign in to your account
Information

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy