Category Archives: the dictionary:

What’s the Difference?

Hey Nancy,

I had you listen to the Says You! radio show during one of your visits. Here is one for them discuss, but I’d really rather hear your thoughts because I have NO idea what to say.

What’s the difference between

to lend

and

to loan

?

Ali says: Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Hey Ali,

Wow. When I read this, I was completely stumped. Then I was going to go google it and read 45 things  – you know, my usual reaction to anything interesting.

However, I decided not to cheat. So I went back to work on my normal desk chores, and it came to me. Here’s a picture of my house. That’s the difference.

If it goes OUT of my house, it is “lending.”

If it comes INTO my house, it is “loaning.

That’s the best I can come up with! It’s a tricky distinction.

I wonder what our readers think?

Nancy says:  All shall be words, and all shall be words,
and all manner of thing shall be words.

1 Comment

Filed under language:, the dictionary:

Feast of the “Gaurdian Angles”

Hey, Ali!

I subscribe to an iCal calendar of Episcopal Feast Days. This means that in my personal computer calendar, all these random holidays show up. I can’t edit them, or anything – I can either show them or not show them.
I was checking my October Calendar and saw this.
I DEFINITELY think we need to celebrate!

Nancy says: Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Oh, Nan!
My Gaurdian Angle is definitely obtuse!

Ali says: All is words, and all shall be words
and all manner of thing shall be words.

1 Comment

Filed under joy:, the dictionary:

Okay, but what do we name it?

Shakespeare asked what’s in a name…and so we got stumped. Who knew that naming a blog could be harder than naming a child? Here are some names we considered:

wordsmerely.wordpress

wordsmere.wordpress

randomfrogs.wordpress

watchwhatwe.wordpress

inexplicable.wordpress

wordsshallbe.wordpress

merelyrandom.wordpress

aspicof.wordpress

randomwordplay.wordpress

wabisabi.wordpress

weaklyrandom.wordpress

We really like the frogs, but hate aspic, so — like the saying goes — go with what you know.

Ali says: Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Hey! I don’t remember aspic of.wordpress. That must have slid by when I misunderstood your offer to cook me a tagine as a terrine…..yuuck!

Nancy says: All shall be words, and all shall be words,
and all manner of thing shall be words.

Leave a comment

Filed under books:, our food:, random objects:, the dictionary:, the yard: