August 2014

Word Work: Irony vs Coincidence

Recently, a friend and I were working on a collaborative writing project when I saw this note from her, highlighting the word “ironically” in my section. “I’d use coincidentally here, not ironically,” she wrote. I scratched my head. Clearly, they were different words with different meanings, but I had never realized that they could be […] Read more

My Word of the Week: Improvise

im·pro·vise –  verb \ˈim-prə-ˌvīz also ˌim-prə-ˈ\ : to speak or perform without preparation : to make or create (something) by using whatever is available __________ Recently, when I read Katherine Willis Pershey’s blog post on improvisational comedy, I was struck by how much my parenting would benefit by conforming to the rules of the form. […] Read more