Word Nerds Scheduling Shout Out

We are looking to fill the Word Nerd calendar for April. Please reply and let me know what dates you would like. I will take whatever date doesn’t get picked. Does ANYONE ELSE want to write about a favorite word? Don’t be shy. You don’t have to be a word nerd just to join in the fun.

Do you want/need a reminder as your date approaches? I’ll happily send reminders to whomever needs. Please state in your reply.

4/4 Jackie
4/11 Lula Harp
4/18 Barb
4/25 Ananya

A couple reminders, and I’m guilty of remembering these as well. Please remember to tag your post #etymology, #weekly so they will show up those categories. Also, when you post, there are 3 dots in the upper right hand corner, please click on that and “stick post to home”. The admins will unstick the next day.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for expanding our vocabulary!


Word of the Week: Finagle

One of the things I really enjoy about the word of the week, is doing the research and finding out where these words really come from. Some of the words we have written about here have origins dating as far back 1500’s and older. Very often they way they start out morphs over time and the word as it is used today is no where near what it was.

What popped in my head today to write about was finagle. A fairly modern word, that really hasn’t changed. It is the same as it always has been. Not used too often these days, but a fun sounding word. U.S. in origin, dating back to 1926.

I am not a political rabble-rouser, but I think this is a good word now that we are entering the season of political debates and watching politicians finagle their way to the White House.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary

Etymology: < English dialect fainaigue to cheat.

To use dishonest or devious methods to bring something about; to fiddle. Also trans., to ‘wangle’, to scheme, to get (something) by trickery.


transitive verb
to obtain by indirect or involved means
to obtain by trickery

intransitive verb
to use devious or dishonest methods to achieve one’s ends

What are the chances I can finagle you into writing a poem or a #6wordstory?

I’ll even start you off…

He finagled a kiss from her.
The dog finagled one more biscuit.
She finagled her husband into vacation.

Now your turn. Give it your best shot.

#weekly, #etymology

I am a self-confessed word…

Word of the Week: Apt

I am a self-confessed word nerd. I don’t use uncommon words in an attempt to sound smart. I enjoy the English language and the words that we have to choose from. I will admit, I’m apt to use words that will make the average Joe scratch their heard.

Evidently, I use big words even when they aren’t big. Picture this scenario if you will; someone send you an email and invites you to a vague event three weeks away. With our busy lives it’s often hard to know what we are doing tomorrow much less in the future.

This is the exchange that followed:


Since in the reply, Sally (whose name has been changed) asked the right question, I didn’t bother to followup on the second part of her response. I am happy to help you expand your vocabulary. If you don’t understand what I’m saying, I am happy to answer your questions. Very often, here and on my own blog, others will ask about words or phrases native English speakers use that may not be familiar elsewhere.

In this age of technology, I am constantly looking up words when I’m reading. I have a running list of words that pique my interest so that I may write or explore them further. I recently went to the movies and made note of a word that caught my attention so I could look it up once we got out of the theatre. See, I really am a word nerd.

I digress. Back to our word…

Latin in origin, aptus fitted, suited, appropriate, past participle of *apĕre to fasten, attach. Apt dates back as far as 1398 meaning Suited, fitted, adapted (to (obs.) or for a purpose); having the requisite qualifications; fit. A more modern (1677), but by no means a new meaning and the one I often use is inclined, disposed (in a single instance).

Apt is a word I am apt to use often. I’d like to challenge you to use this week’s word in a story, poem, or blog post. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Please let me know.

I have cross posted this on my site, sorry if you are getting bombarded with this 😉

Toast Tuesday

I’ve started a recurring event on my blog www.lulaharp.wordpress.com and @drmegsorick is playing along with me. But now it’s officially been listed w WP as a weekly event.

I just needed to brag 😀, but I’d love to have you drink along with us.
Cheers y’all!

Did you know this?!?! Did…

Did you know this?!?!
Did you know that when you display your images in a gallery, it’ll change how the images are displayed each time the page is viewed? I linked to a comment on my last post and then when I came back the gallery was different. Then I refreshed a few times and it kept changing. Cool, huh?!

header changes… Would y’all please…

header changes…
Would y’all please take a look and give me some #feedback. I’m making some changes to my header and want opinions.

https://lulaharpinmemphis.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/header-ideas/ (my test page)

and here… https://lulaharp.wordpress.com/ (this is what I just posted on MY page)


yet another silly question… If…

yet another silly question…
If I start a draft of a post on my site, is there a way, when I am ready to publish it, that I can publish it directly to this site?


another weird issue

Calling for tech support…

I’m still having issues with chrome (my preferred browser) working with some of the new wordpress features.  Now I am having an issue with firefox and the blogger’s world page.  Craziest thing, this is the ONLY page I am having this issue with.  When I get on our blogger’s world page, when using firefox, the page looks static-y, with lines running through the page.  Is anyone else having this issue?  It make it almost impossible to focus on the page.

Is there a script running that could be doing this?  I think I recall at some point there may have been “snow” on the page.


#feedback, #help

I’m starting the new year…

I’m starting the new year with a new challenge. I’d love for any of you to join in the fun. Cheers!

Weekly Word(s)

This time of year is tough for many people, for so many different reasons.  I’m not big on gift giving just for the sake of giving a gift because that’s what you are supposed to do.  You get a gift from me because I care about you and you appreciate the thought that went into whatever I have graced you with.  There are some in my family I no longer get gifts for because they are not appreciative.  Several years ago, my mother said don’t get me anything I have to dust. Since then, we’ve been giving lots of consumable gifts.

This year, we are having a more blended family Christmas and many of these folks are not people I would buy gifts for, so today I made fudge.  All Day.  I’ll be giving small goodie baskets of treats, and those with dogs will also get a small bag of the dehydrated sweet potato treats I make for Coe.

After my day of fudging, I spent my evening greeting folks at Starry Nights, a drive through light display.  There were so many people in line, that when the event was supposed to close at 9pm, the last car didn’t come through my line until 10:30pm!  Needless to say, I’m going to be worn out tomorrow.  But it is so much fun and a great way to give back to the park I enjoy so much. Continue reading

#etymology, #weekly