A note to my readers

Dear fellow word nerds,

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted much original content lately. I am currently participating in National Novel Writing Month and that has been eating up most of my writing energy. You can expect more etymology posts from me come December.

With Love,

Maven Moxie  

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Podcast Recommendation: A Way with Words

To my fellow word nerds,

If you listen to podcasts, A Way With Words is definitely one of my faves and I recommend it to anyone who loves learning word origins and new words. 

A Way with Words is a fun and funny radio show and podcast about language. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, books, literature, folklore, and speaking and writing well. Email your language questions for the show to words@waywordradio.org. Or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 929-9673. From anywhere in the world: +1 (619) 800-4443. Hear all past shows for free: http://waywordradio.org/. Also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wayword.

A quick update to my readers

I have always been an amateur etymologist, but I strive to be more academic in my endeavors. Today I’m looking for resources at the library and more reputable websites – no more urban dictionary and rube theories on ask.com! I might include them for giggles but that’s really not really what I’m going for.  So, my fellow word nerds, this is also a call for recommended sources if you have any.

Bout of Books Updates

I haven’t read nearly as much as I meant to this week. No excuses are good excuses but I had play auditions, hanging out with friends, and went to bed early a few nights.  I was also trying to read three books at the same time so I wasn’t very focused. Below is my updated reading progress. I will update one final time on Monday.

Word by word started at 31%

Day 1 read to 34%

Day 2 read to 43%

Day 3 read to 51%

Day 4 Read to 55%

Day 5 Read to 58%

Day 6 Read to 68%

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz Started on page 112

Day 1 did not read this book

Day 2 read to 126

Day 3-6 Did not read

Uprooted Started on page 97

Day 1 Read to page 100

Day 2 did not read

Day 3 read to page 109

Day 4 read to page 116

Day 5-6 Did not read

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The second book I’m reading for the Bout of Books Readathon is fiction.  Below is a brief intro to the book (Thanks to Goodreads) as well as my reading progress so far. I usually read this book in bed before going to sleep so I’ve made less headway. 

A fantastical Beauty and the Beast type tale—widely accessible and sure to appeal to a broad audience of all ages.

Legions of fans around the world have fallen in love with the brilliantly imagined, compulsively readable novels of Naomi Novik. Now, in this magnificent new standalone, Novik pens a bold fantasy with all the charm and wonder of a dark fairy tale for the modern age.

Reading Progress

Started on page 97

Day 1 Read to page 100

Day 2 did not read

Day 3 read to page 109