Mirriam-Webster brings bling into vernacular

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able […]

Local spelling champ goes national

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Zach Gillooly, 13, will compete in the 78th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee beginning Wednesday in Washington. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The dictionary, tilted slightly, nearly engulfed an entire cushion on the Gillooly’s L-shaped couch. Sitting diagonally from the 2,662 page reference book, with his hands folded in his […]

Clovis culture night coming

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I really am at a loss when it comes to what some words mean. Now, don’t tell me to go get a dictionary. Remember I am an English teacher; I frequently tell others to go get a dictionary. What I mean is, after I have seen the word defined, I […]

Lefty dictionary holds meanings of life

By Bob Huber If you have a left-handed dictionary in your bathroom like I do, you know the many blissful hours that can be spent in scholarly, fun-filled repose. I fostered my own reference book back in the dark ages and added to it over the years, which made my wife Marilyn comment, “If you’re […]

Dictionary listings sometimes not pretty

By Ned Cantwell Words. Merriam-Webster brought out is first Collegiate Dictionary back in 1898. It was a very thin book, because people did not need many words back then. There was much more grunting and pointing in those days. The first dictionary primarily concerned itself with the definitions of “yes,” “no,” and “I’m hungry.” Early […]