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February 16, 2011

Calling All Word Nerds

If you are reading this, you are probably certifiable as a word nerd. I certainly...

...qualify as a total word nerd.

So what makes a word nerd?

I have to admit that word origins and stories intrigue me. And no matter how much I learn about words, I am always curious about other words and how they made their way into this language.

And yes, if you are a regular reader, you know that this means I have discovered yet another word nerd website.

So here's my newly discovered website - http://www.learningnerd.com/tag/language/english. Yes, it's all about English - and much more.

For example, take a look at this - http://www.learningnerd.com/four-ways-to-use-google-as-a-writing-tool. I never would have thought of using Google as a writing tool. But if you look at this website you will see how useful it could be.

And, thanks to Learningnerd.com, I now know about Drabble, the game of writing a novel (in about 100 words) as a party game. You can see the details here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drabble .

Doesn't that sound like fun as a group or even as a party project? Pick a theme, or perhaps connect it with a current holiday or news event and have a writing contest.

Writing science fiction or perhaps a memoir of yourself as if you were your parents age - or if you lived 10-15 years in the future. Or what if you were the opposite gender? If you are male, how would your life, your tastes or your interests be different if you were female?

The words we use tell the world who we are and what we care about. The more words we know, and the better we use our words, the more fully we express what matters to us. Plus, words can be a lot of fun. You never know what story or friendship you might stumble into.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just normal people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) a newspaper columnist and a teacher of English at the college level.

Posted by mmorf at February 16, 2011 10:37 PM


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