Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Word of the day (decade?): Oculogyrism

It means eye-rolling.

With thanks to Dr. Joseph Loscalzo, whose word skills have bolstered the Bee for a couple of years now, as a judge and as a word contributor.

Now, who can come up with an emoticon for eye-rolling? We have ;-) for a wink and >:-( for a scowl. How do we roll the eyes using the keyboard? Teenagers everywhere want to know....as do their parents, surely.

National Spelling Bee on TONIGHT

They're trying to spell lapies...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Here's a good article on the etymology of the word BEE

from noted etymology guru and word maven Charles Hodgson:


If you have any interest in words for the sake of words, you will find podictionary.com worth a closer look. You can subscribe via RSS feed, which makes it quite easy (and keeps the entries organized and in their own neat little file--not your inbox).