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Herd These Words?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

On September 25, 1867, the pioneering cattleman Oliver Loving died from gangrene poisoning in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. A few weeks before, Loving had been trapped by 500 Comanche braves along the Pecos River. Shot in the arm and side, Loving managed to escape and reach Fort Sumner. Though the wounds alone were not fatal, Loving soon developed gangrene in his arm, a common infection in the days before antibiotics. Sometimes referred to as the “Dean of the Trail Drivers,” Loving had been braving the Comanche territory along the Pecos in order to make his second pioneering drive of cattle from Texas to Denver.

Loving and his partner Charles Goodnight proposed to drive a herd of cattle directly to the growing population centers in New Mexico and Colorado where they could avoid middlemen and earn higher prices per head. The result was the Goodnight-Loving Trail, a 700-mile route through west Texas and New Mexico that eventually brought the cattle right into the booming mining regions of Colorado.

Okay, tenderfoot… head ‘em up and move ‘em out. Let’s see how you round up today’s word herd and how you rate in the table below the quiz.

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There’s oil in them thar hulls!

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

There’s a prominent and beautiful lake house on Long Lake, Maine, that was built by “a millionaire Texas oilman” in the 1930s. Upon investigating, we learned that it wasn’t ‘Texas tea’ or ‘black gold’ the man had exploited to his good fortune. Unlike the stereotypical Texas wildcatter, roustabout and roughneck, this man made his (and his heirs’) significant fortune on cottonseed oil…you know, the stuff Crisco and Wesson oil were originally made from. So not everybody has to be Jed Clampett to strike it rich in the oil business. Let’s see if you can make a slick fortune on words today. Then see how you rate in the table below the quiz.

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Wash Your Hands and Take Our Quiz

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Seems everybody’s a scientist these days…deciding when masks are required and when they’re not, when schools should open and when they should close, what kind of cough is OK in public. If you’re not sick of it all yet, you must be a world-class epidemiologist who thrives on diseaseiology (I just made that word up). Or maybe a wannabe. Or in-between. Whatever. Take our test today and see if you’re the one Dr. Birx has been looking for all these trying months.

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Still on the Road With ProofreadNOW.com

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jun 25, 2020 9:41:34 AM

We’re still on the road across the rugged West and beautiful Midwest of the U.S.A. Some fields are corn, some are wheat, some are barley, some are hay, and some are something else. There are cows, horses, sheep, buffalo, and antelope roaming and grazing as far as the eye can see. Every field is an awesome sight. If you’re one who thinks corn, steaks, sausage, and flour magically originate at the grocery store, you’ll be at a disadvantage in this week’s quiz. Try hard anyway, and be sure to look for a local farm stand next time you need some eggs or milk.

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On the Road With ProofreadNOW.com

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jun 19, 2020 9:26:52 AM

St. Louis, Missouri ArchWe’re literally on the road this week, traveling across this great country called America. As we travel the highways and byways, we are often curious about how geographical names came about. Ever wonder, for example, where the word ‘Appalachia’ came from? We find this on Wikipedia: “While exploring inland along the northern coast of Florida in 1528, the members of the Narváez expedition, including Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, found a Native American village near present-day Tallahassee, Florida, whose name they transcribed as Apalchen or Apalachen. The name was soon altered by the Spanish to Apalachee and used as a name for the tribe and region spreading well inland to the north." And you thought it was French for ‘toothless banjo player.’ Well, try your hand at our non-extensive list of some well-known places, and see where you end up. (Definitions according to Wikipedia.)

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Topics: vocabulary, word quiz, vocabulary quiz

TOTE (Take Our Test - Encore)

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jun 12, 2020 11:01:48 AM

We got great emails about last week’s post, all about acronyms and initialisms. Well, we’re going to do it again this week. List some more. Get you guessing. Answering your lifelong wonderments. LTIP (Last time, I promise).

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TOT (Take Our Test)

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jun 5, 2020 10:24:10 AM

FBI. CDC. AOL. DOJ. Read just about anything today and you’ll find an acronym – or at least an initialism. (An acronym is an abbreviation that’s pronounced as one or more words. An initialism just goes purely by the letters.) Sometimes these abbreviations are well-known. For example, everybody knows what “FBI” stands for, and what the letters “IRS” stand for (do note, though, that when you put ‘the’ and ‘irs’ together, it spells ‘theirs’). But some acronyms and initialisms are taken for granted, while at the same time remain unknown as to what the letters stand for. See how many of these YDK (you do know).

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Because It's There

Posted by Phil Jamieson   May 29, 2020 7:30:00 AM

On this day in 1953, Mt. Everest, the highest point on the surface of the earth, was conquered by Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal. They were the first people to reach the top of the mountain. On this day in 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state in the United States. On this day in 1917, future U.S. President John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. And in 2005, Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500. She did not win, but finished in fourth place. Let’s see what wordy heights you can climb today and at what speed, asking not what you can do for your vocabulary but what your vocabulary can do for you. (We hope that wasn’t too cheesy.)

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Paint Your Wagon, Rose

Posted by Phil Jamieson   May 22, 2020 9:47:10 AM

Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/symvol-129976/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=244261">Александр Летягин</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=244261">Pixabay</a>On May 22, 1843, the first major wagon train to the Northwest US departed from Elm Grove, Missouri, on the Oregon Trail. In England, the Manchester Arena was bombed during an Ariana Grande concert. In 1455, in the opening battle of England’s War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeated King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London. On this day in 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the fictional Sherlock Holmes, was born in Scotland.

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Let's Play

Posted by Phil Jamieson   May 15, 2020 11:28:12 AM

On May 15, 1982, “Ebony and Ivory,” sung by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, began its seven-week run at #1 on the pop charts. Without the black keys, the white keys on a piano would pretty much be stuck playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Do Re Mi.” Thank goodness for the ebony keys. On this day in 1942, gasoline rationing began in 17 Eastern states as an attempt to help the American war effort. Rationing eventually spread throughout the country. In 1941, the Allies successfully tested the jet-propelled Gloster-Whittle E 28/39 aircraft. It was the first Allied aircraft using jet propulsion.  In 1756, the Seven Years War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, began when England declared war on France.

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