Thursday, June 23, 2016

Word quandary: Insure vs. Ensure

Insure:  To secure or protect someone


Ensure:  To make sure that something occurs or is provided

These two words are often misused.  

One cannot ensure a car, nor can anyone try to insure their taxes are done before April 15th.  


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Word of the day: Nonpareil


1)  A person having no equal; unrivaled  Ex:  A film critic nonpareil.

2)  A flat, round, drop of colored sugar used in baking for decorating candy, cookies, and cakes.

3)  US A flat, round, bit-sized, piece of chocolate with sugar sprinkles

My fascination for nonpareils is nonpareil.  I had to do it - Lori G.

Friday, June 17, 2016


The weekend is upon us, finally.  I'm finishing the second pass edits for the fantasy novel I'm working and then I'm reading 'Walk Of Shame' by Victoria Ashley ... the entire set.

Get yours here!  

Word of the day: Prebuttal


(In politics) a response formulated in anticipation of a criticism; a pre-emptive rebuttal.

Ex: We are now in the political era of the prebuttal.  
            LOL - anyone else think of 'The Donald'?

Origin: 1990s: blend of pre- and rebuttal.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Word of the day: TABARD

Source: and 


1.  a loose outer garment, sleeveless or with short sleeves, 
     especially one worn by a knight over his armor and 
     usually emblazoned with his arms. 

2.  an official garment of a herald, emblazoned with the arms
     of his master. 

3.  a coarse, heavy, short coat, with or without sleeves, 
     formerly worn outdoors. 

Synonyms: Cloak, mantle, poncho, cope